Stadium Drive-In

15501 E. 14th Street,
San Leandro, CA 94578

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Stadium Drive-In

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Located off East 14th Street near the Bayfair Mall, the Stadium Auto Movie was open by 1955. This drive-in, along with the neighboring Oakland Drive-In, was torn down for retail expansion in the mid-1970’s.

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robertcampbell on April 14, 2005 at 11:07 pm

oh, the Stadium drive in, with the Oakland Drive in right next to it! Cruising the strip in the early 70’s was the best. We would turn around in front of the Bal Theatre, then go as far as 157th then turn around again. The Stadium always showed good stuff like Mary Poppins while the Oakland was showing triple bills of old 50’s and 60’s horror films. During the intermission the stadium screen had two light bulbs on top that would light up, and show a timeclock. We would all pile in and before we went, we would go to the pinecone chicken hut. Such fun

MADDRICK on April 15, 2005 at 9:03 am

At the Drive-in, I remember after the commercial to go to get pop corn and cardboard pizza. The screen would have “Spotty” and sister “Blotty”. They’d move around the screen and you’d hit them with your spotlights.
At the corner of 150 th Ave and E14th, was the Rainbow Drive In Restaurant where we'ds go after the movies…or go to Prings!

kencmcintyre on October 21, 2006 at 8:36 am

The Daily Review of 6/15/64 lists the address as 154th and E. 14th Street. The phone number was EL 1-7030. The features that day were Elvis in “Kissin' Cousins” along with “7 Faces of Dr. Lao. The Oakland Drive-In was listed at 152nd and 14th Street and had the same phone number.

terrywade on August 12, 2007 at 10:36 am

Yes this area of East 14th was the place to be on Friday and Sat nights. The Stadium had a big screen tower as the Oakland DI was not as big. Went by last week and found the Prings Coffee Shop has changed to a new name and food type served. The Oakland Police tried to stop the cars on the weekend but when both Drive Ins let out it was one big party. If you had a GTO like I did the cruise got HOT. With the Bal Theatre down the street Prings Burgers and a Bowling Alley in the same few blocks it was teen heaven in the 60’s. Drive Ins are coming back around the USA. Can you imagine the Century people bulldozing their new Multiplex nearby at puting in a big Drive In with 5 screens? Bring on the Hot Dogs and Pizza!

AndyT on January 31, 2008 at 12:14 pm

The bowling alley was the Midway Bowl and there was also a miniature golf course just south of the mall. It was a madhouse on East 14th!

AndyT on January 31, 2008 at 12:17 pm

… and also the Bayfair bowl. How could I forget? I must have been a serious film buff even then, as I don’t remember ever going to the Oakland Drive-in, but lots of visits to the Stadium Drive-in.

rivest266 on April 3, 2011 at 8:38 am

1958 Aerial photos of the Oakland and Stadium Auto Drive-Ins. Which one is which?
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jwmovies on October 31, 2012 at 2:49 am

Addresses for both Oakland & Stadium Drive-Ins on are incorrect. Approx. address for this drive-in was 15201 E. 14th St. San Leandro, CA 94577.

jwmovies on December 5, 2012 at 11:23 am


The entrance was closer to 150th Ave. than 159th Ave. unlike the Oakland which was literally on top of the Bayfair Shopping Center.

The entrance for Oakland was across the street from Tito’s @ 15508 E. 14th St. Though the Stadium WAS next door, the entrance was further north. The marquees next to each other would have been a distraction.

MichaelECV on August 18, 2013 at 6:11 pm

From 1970-75 I cruised the strip and parked at the Goodyear Tire store and watch the cars and movies at one time

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