San Ramon Auto Movie

7500 Dublin Boulevard,
Dublin, CA 94568

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Bobbalt
Bobbalt on December 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

Hayward Daily Review, June 16, 1971: San Ramon Auto Movies opens a second screen with “A Gunfight” and “Paint Your Wagon” as attractions.

Bobbalt
Bobbalt on December 10, 2014 at 9:23 pm

Updated 12/10/2014 – according to the August 11, 1964 edition of the Oakland Tribune, the San Ramon Auto Movies had its grand opening the following evening (8/12/1964) with a showing of “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao.” The newspaper ad notes the drive-in was situated on Dublin Blvd. at Highways 50 and 21, though it was actually ½ mile east of that intersection (Dublin Blvd. and San Ramon Rd.) The San Ramon Auto Movies opened about a year before the adjacent Interstate 580/680 interchange.

Bobbalt
Bobbalt on December 28, 2006 at 3:53 pm

The San Ramon Auto Movies started as a single screen; a second screen was added to the southern part of the drive-in around 1972 (along westbound Hwy. 580). A simple, waist-high cyclone fence with wood staves separated the two screening areas. The perimeter of the drive-in was encased in a green and white corrugated fiberglass fence. Cartoon character likenesses (Porky Pig, etc.) dotted the fence occasionally. Some of the speaker holders came equipped with heaters.

R-rated movies seemed a rarity at this drive-in; family movies like “Adventures of the Wilderness Family” and “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams” were staples. Sometimes R-rated movies like “Walking Tall” and “Linda Lovelace for President” played here, but the San Ramon Auto Movies definitely had a family atmosphere (a playground was located next to the snack bar).

bago1
bago1 on April 30, 2005 at 8:04 am

my freinds late father grew up in pleasonton and he used to tell me storys about this theater

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unknown on October 16, 2003 at 11:24 am

The Enea brothers also owned the following drive-ins, now gone: Nimitz Auto Movie (a two-screener in Fremont, CA) and the Fremont (CA) Automovie. They also owned for a number of years the Showcase Theater, an indoor house, in downtown Concord, CA.