Nimitz Drive-In

5070 Brandin Court,
Fremont, CA 94538

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stevenj on August 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm

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

davidcoppock on August 9, 2018 at 2:46 pm

Why was the highway called Nimitz?

rivest266 on August 8, 2018 at 9:54 pm

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

Kenmore on July 12, 2016 at 11:00 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.

stevenj on October 30, 2012 at 1:47 pm

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.

jwmovies on October 30, 2012 at 6:44 am

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).

scottfavareille on November 29, 2004 at 10:52 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.

JasonBalch on September 26, 2004 at 11:27 pm

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

JasonBalch on October 9, 2003 at 3:08 pm

This Drive-in was operated by the Enea Brothers, who owned numerous Drive-ins and movie houses throughout the Bay Area. If you’re driving around in Northern California, and you see the Enea name on a shopping center or complex, you can bet that the site once housed a theatre or Drive-in.