Solano 2 Drive-In

1611 Solano Way,
Concord, CA 94520

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antoniomontana
antoniomontana on August 18, 2013 at 12:08 am

The Syufys have installed digital projectors so the Solano drive in will stay open following the full transition to digital media in Dec 2013. Honda is holding a contest to save other drive ins across the country. www.projectdrivein.com

jwmovies
jwmovies on December 2, 2012 at 12:49 am

I used to pass this D-I almost every day in the 90’s. I love how they still use the Solano Way address since the entrance hasn’t been on Solano since the early 70’s!!!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on April 25, 2012 at 3:25 pm

The drive-in is no longer seasonal (hasn’t been since it reopened). It runs year round!

UnknownCinemaDude
UnknownCinemaDude on May 4, 2010 at 6:51 am

Does anyone have any photos of this twin drive-in?

janelle
janelle on May 19, 2008 at 4:07 pm

I am so excited they reopened this drive-in! I’ve been driving 45-minutes to San Jose to get my drive-in movie fix. See you there this summer. I’ll be double-fisting snacks, sitting on the tailgate, squinting to see all of the dark scenes.

claycord
claycord on May 14, 2007 at 12:00 pm

Check out my blog to see what I have to say about the Solano Drive-In, this piece of junk theatre should be bulldozed.

www.CLAYCORD.com

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on May 4, 2007 at 9:01 am

The “new” operator is West Wind Drive-Ins (which is owned by Syufy Enterprises—Syufy was the former owner of the Century Theaters chain prior to it being bought out by Cinemark). West Wind apparently now owns & operates the 6 drive-ins that Century Theaters had (including one in Sacramento & the Capitol Drive-In in San Jose). I guess Cinemark wasn’t interested in drive-ins when Century Theaters was bought by them.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 3, 2007 at 11:05 am

The second screen will be running by May 18th.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on May 3, 2007 at 10:57 am

Does this mean that only one screen will be operating? Still this is great news!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 3, 2007 at 10:40 am

The Solano Drive-In re-opens tonight with a free showing of Shrek 2 and Nacho Libre. It will be opening full time starting tomorrow May 4th with a double feature of Spiderman 3 and Ghost Rider.

MagicLantern
MagicLantern on May 15, 2006 at 5:37 pm

This drive-in appeared in the film “American Graffiti”.

GSenda
GSenda on May 12, 2006 at 4:49 am

I work at a theatre in Pleasant Hill.

I am amazed by the people over the last 10 years who ask me where this former drive in was/is and who still think it shows movies.

My girlfriend and I saw movies there at one time but I can’t recall which ones.

George Senda
Concord, Ca

PatForan
PatForan on September 18, 2005 at 1:14 pm

I remember reading an article in the newspaper years ago about people who parked across the street in the empty lot next to the freeway offramp and watched the movie from there for free. These people talked freely about what they did, like they thought they were so clever in finding a way to screw the owners rather than supporting them by spending a few bucks. So all of us drive-in fans have these morons to thank for doing their part to hasten the end of an era.

airritated
airritated on June 24, 2005 at 6:29 pm

That sucks. My kids and i loved to go to the drive in movies. And we looked forward to the weekends when we went to the flea market. Ive been going there since i was born like 27 yrs ago to be exact. They should definitely raise the admission prices and FIRE ALL THE TWEEKS.

LindyO41
LindyO41 on May 28, 2005 at 3:46 pm

I can’t believe it is coming to this! I too will miss the Solano. Was really looking forward to it’s hopeful re-opening. Does anyone know if it is up for sale? Many happy memories there, and in Daly City. Fell asleep with a date there once. :)

JasonBalch
JasonBalch on May 18, 2005 at 9:33 am

I’m sad to report that a call to Century Theatre headquarters has confirmed that the Solano Drive-in will not be reopening for the 2005 season, and is not likely to reopen at any time in the future.

This was the last remaining Drive-in operation in the East Bay. It will be greatly missed.

jfrentzen
jfrentzen on May 10, 2005 at 7:51 pm

I also remember the flea market. When I saw films at the Solano in the 1970s, it played everything from A-run Hollywood movies to the worst horror dreck imaginable. It operated year-round at that time. Of the latter, a memorable triple bill was Corpse Grinders, Undertaker and His Pals, and The Embalmer. It was easy to watch the 2nd screen if the 1st screen was a bore. Airplanes took off and landed right next door at a regional air field. The concession stand was an enormous circus-tent style arrangement, which was typical of the Syufy driveins of the period.

aipo
aipo on February 15, 2005 at 3:16 pm

Before I moved to Minnesota, I went to the flea market one last time with my ex-boyfriend to sell stuff at the flea market. Said ex told me last month that he had just been there with his son, pushing him in the stroller, thinking about the zillion times we went to the flea market on a Sunday. And I remember it from even further backâ€"as a teenager going to the drive-in movies, eating popcorn and smoking… It would be a shame if the Solano were torn down.

DFMusante
DFMusante on August 7, 2004 at 11:44 pm

Pleas help me! I am trying to buy the Solano Drive-In to restore and save it. I need help and advice.

Thanks,
Damian Musante, U.S.M.C.

IwonderY
IwonderY on May 4, 2004 at 5:40 pm

I have been selling at the swap meet every saturday and sunday for years now and I would really hate to see it go away. I have also went to see the movies when they are open. Nothing beats the freedom of the drive in theatre. You dont have to worry about being quiet or sitting next to some unpleasant person with a cough or bad breath knocking your arm off the armrest of the uncomfortable seat. I realize the solano drive in has it’s problems, but if you ask me the price to be paid for saving one of the last drive ins around would be small. This theatre needs a simple cosmetic makeover. Here is what I would do! Tear down the unsightly fencing – totally resurface the asphalt including the parking area keeping drainage and easy maintenance in mind – Trim all the trees and remove all unsightly shrubs – then build a new fence using stronger more attractive materials. – Add one more entrance and exit gate in one of the back corners to ease traffic on swap meet days. To pay for all this you could charge for parking on sundays, and raise the price for satuday swap meet addmission, 25 cents should definately be raised to $1.00 – The entire operation is badly managed, I can think of many ways to increase the profits, and bring still more people to the drive in to see movies.