San Ramon Auto Movie
7500 Dublin Boulevard,
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Opened on August 12, 1968 with Debbie Reynolds in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” & Tony Randall in “7 Faces of Dr. Lao”. It was a single screen theatre and the San Ramon Auto Movie was located off of Dublin Boulevard, adjacent to the 580/680 interchange. The drive-in was easily the most high-profile entertainment venue in the Tri-Valley area during the late-1960’s to the mid-1970’s. The land was owned by the Enea Brothers, who also owned drive-ins throughout the Bay Area. On June 16, 1971 a second screen was added.
During the late-1970’s to early-1980’s, attendance lagged due to the construction of several multi-screen indoor theatres in Dublin and Pleasanton. Dublin incorporated as a city in 1982, and the drive-in sat in a high-profile traffic area. It closed in 1981 and was demolished in 1982, and was developed into a series of retail shopping centers, and most recently, car dealerships.
Nothing remains of this theatre, save for a few of the trees that lined the back of the screen and former driveway. Amador Valley Boulevard south of Dublin Boulevard was originally the entrance, which is now paved and riddled with stoplights.
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