Chabot Cinema

2853 Castro Valley Boulevard,
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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Chabot Cinema

The Chabot Theatre was opened on April 26, 1950 with Dan Dailey in “When Willie Comes Marching Home” & Randolph Scott in “The Nevadan”. The walls at the entrance were decorated with scenes of the Bay Area. Seating was provided for 750 in orchestra and balcony levels.

The Chabot Cinema was later operated by the independent CineLux Theatre chain. It offers state of art luxury with a nostalgic cinema charm. Seating in the balcony has high backed seats. In 2019 it was taken over by an independent operator and screens family movies.

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Mike (saps)
Mike (saps) on July 31, 2007 at 8:08 am

Here is an ad for the Chabot that was on the Hayward Motor Movies page, but when I saw this ad it struck me as a very unusual double feature: “The Invisivble Boy” (Science monsters war against mankind, featuring Robbie the Robot), plus! “The Three Faces of Eve.” That’ll give the kiddies nightmares, if they even stuck around for it.

movietheatres on October 3, 2009 at 3:41 pm

Correction: the balcony does NOT have HIGH BACK ROCKER SEATS, it has HIGH BACK SEATS, they DO NOT ROCK.

darquil on April 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I’ve posted information and photos from a recent visit here.

Mikeyisirish on June 27, 2012 at 10:04 am

A 2010 photo can be seen here.

longislandmovies on January 27, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Theatre for sale on Loopnet $350,000 includes building .

pateye on October 3, 2016 at 9:34 am

Started going to this show in the 1950’s and still enjoy it. Saw the original “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

terrywade on June 26, 2019 at 7:48 pm

The Chabot Theatre has just been sold June 4 2019. No longer run by Cinelux. The buyer was ‘Smalltown Society’ along with the First Presbyterian Church of Hayward CA. They plan on still showing first run family movies along with special events.

fred1 on July 14, 2019 at 4:46 am

Their new website

terrywade on August 26, 2019 at 9:16 pm

The new manager ‘Josh’ will help bring this movie theatre treasure back to life. In the future new rugs, seats, new stage curtains and much needed color lights on the side walls and curtains are coming I have been told. A new stereo sound system is also in the works. Thanks ‘Josh’ for bringing back some showmanship to this nice single screen in Castro Valley CA. This past Sat afternoon 8/24/2019 they ran with the help of the guys that run the car cruise night in Castro Valley a showing in DCP of ‘American Graffiti’ The scope image was nice crisp, bright and clear along with the stereo surround. I will be helping them with the color lights inside. Thanks again Josh!

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