Nimitz Drive-In

5070 Brandin Court,
Fremont, CA 94538

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Previous Names: Nimitz Auto Movie

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Nimitz Drive-In

The Nimitz Auto Movie was opened on October 25, 1963 with Doris Day in “The Thrill Of it All” & John Wayne in “Donovan’s Reef”. It was located near the the Fremont Dragstrip. A second screen was added in the mid-1960’s. This drive-in mostly showed exploitation and even adult films. Closed in the early-1980’s, office buildings were built on the site. Today a shopping center is on the site.

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JasonBalch on September 26, 2004 at 3:27 pm

The Nimitz was featured as a background in the Dragstrip scenes in “American Graphitti 2”.

scottfavareille on November 29, 2004 at 2:52 pm

The dragstrip scenes in American Graffitti 2 were filmed at the Fremont Dragstrip down the street. Ironically, the drive-in was closed by then.

Update—A new shopping center is now on the drive-in site.

jwmovies on October 29, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 44000 Christy St.

BTW, this was open past ‘73. My father worked at the GM plant across the highway (then known as Hwy 17).

stevenj on October 30, 2012 at 6:47 am

From 1958 until 1983 Hwy 17 (from San Jose to Oakland) was also known as the Nimitz Freeway, hence the name of the drive in.

Kenmore on July 12, 2016 at 3:00 pm

The address (at least for Google) is 5070 Brandin Ct, Fremont, CA. Today, there are a series of businesses on the property with no trace of the drive-in remaining.

rivest266 on August 8, 2018 at 1:54 pm

This opened on October 25th, 1963. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

davidcoppock on August 9, 2018 at 6:46 am

Why was the highway called Nimitz?

stevenj on August 9, 2018 at 8:24 am

Hwy 17 (now Interstate 880) was named after Chester W Nimitz, chief of naval operations for the Pacific fleet and fleet Admiral.

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