Union City Drive-In

31200 Alvarado Niles Road,
Union City, CA 94587

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Once popular drive-in off the Nimitz Freeway at Alvarado-Niles Road, opened originally by Syufy (later Century Theaters) as a two screen drive-in. The fare was largely first-run films.

Over time, it grew to six screens. The drive-in closed to much fanfare in 2000 and in its place, the Union Landing shopping center replaced it. Century Theaters now operates a popular 25 screen stadium theater on this site.

Contributed by scottfavareille

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scottfavareille
scottfavareille on August 30, 2004 at 4:43 pm

As of today, only two drive-ins still operate in the Bay Area(both Century Theaters owned)—The Capitol 6 in San Jose(year-round) and the Solano 1 & 2 in Concord (Memorial Day to Labor Day only). The latter has had rumors of closing during the past two years.

Other drive-ins operated by Syufy in the Bay Area over the years(all closed):
Island Automovie(Alameda)
Coliseum 4(Oakland)
Winchester 3(San Jose)
Moffitt 3(Mountain View)
Burlingame 4(Burlingame)
Geneva 4(Daly City/San Francisco border)
Mission 1 & 2 (Daly City)
Hilltop (Richond)
One other Concord one called the Automovie

JasonBalch
JasonBalch on March 30, 2006 at 5:17 pm

The Solano is now closed, leaving the Capitol 6 as the last Drive-in in the Bay Area

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

Some corrections to some of the above comments as trained as a manager @ this drive-in (as well as worked at Coliseum i ‘82 and managed Island & Century Almaden in '85):

The Century 25 @ Union Landing opened 11/98 (I was there when it opened). The drive-in closed about a year prior.

Winchester ended w/6 screens, Solano reopened, Moffett ended w/4 screens, Mission NEVER had more than 1 screen.

Other Syufy D/I’s in the area were Vallejo 3, Spruce 4 (South San Francisco), Sunnyvale 2, Redwood 4 (Redwood City) and Auto Movies 3 (Salinas).

xsallnow
xsallnow on December 23, 2013 at 11:35 pm

Hard to believe that no decent pictures of this drive in exists. The Union City was one of my favorite drive-ins.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 24, 2013 at 11:25 am

We have a boat load of photos at Cinematour.com

xsallnow
xsallnow on January 12, 2014 at 11:03 pm

Scott, Thanks for the big heads up. I didn’t know about that side before.

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