Union City Drive-In

31200 Alvarado Niles Road,
Union City, CA 94587

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Rob_Anderson
Rob_Anderson on October 7, 2016 at 3:52 pm

I’m posting this in the hopes that someone sees it who can help. Back in the 1970s the Union City Drive-In featured an advertisement for the Winchester Mystery House that played after coming attractions. It was VERY scary to those of us who were little ones in those days, because it was very well made. The most famous part was a woman intoning “Keeeeep buiiiildiiiing…keeeep buiiiildiiiing….” in the background.

If you have, or know where I can find, a copy of this ad I would love to get my hands on it. Feel free to contact me via e-mail at…

rob dot roger dot anderson at-symbol gmail dot com

Thanks!

Rudy
Rudy on December 31, 2015 at 3:34 am

I believe the Union City Drive-In theater closed on March 31st 1998 after they showed re-releases of classic 1950s and 60s movies which was the titled “The Last Picture Show” on a Tuesday and quickly the drive-in was demolished the next day on April 1st on a Wednesday. Despite what that person wrote saying that the drive-in closed his funfare in 2000 which was not 2000, it was 1998 as I know this since I’m from the Bay Area. The Century 25 Theater was already open and showing movies by 2000 as it officially opened in around May 1999 when the very first movie I saw there was Star Wars Episode 1 The Phantom Menace as it was probably everyone else’s first movie if I’m not mistaken it was grand opening first movie in 1999 during it’s official theatrical release.

So the drive-in lasted for 32 years in
Union City from 1966-1998.
I really miss it today.

xsallnow
xsallnow on January 13, 2014 at 5:03 am

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

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on December 24, 2013 at 5:25 pm

We have a boat load of photos at Cinematour.com

xsallnow
xsallnow on December 24, 2013 at 5:35 am

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

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 26, 2012 at 8:34 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).

JasonBalch
JasonBalch on March 31, 2006 at 12:17 am

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

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on August 30, 2004 at 10:43 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