Island Auto Movie Drive-In

791 Thau Way,
Alameda, CA 94501

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The Island Auto Movies opened in May 1950. A storm in 1991 destroyed the screen at this theater. Oddly enough, after the expense and labor of replacing it, the theater never re-opened. The site continued as a weekend swap meet until 1995 when it was closed and abandoned. It was demolished in 1997, and a housing subdivision was built shortly thereafter on the site. Nothing remains of this drive-in.

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unknown
unknown on October 16, 2003 at 5:18 pm

Syufy (now known as Century Theaters) was the operator of this drive-in for many years until its close.

gsmurph
gsmurph on June 16, 2005 at 4:28 pm

The Island Auto Movie opened June 29, 1950, within six weeks of the Alameda Auto Movie.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on October 21, 2006 at 2:47 pm

On 11/24/52, the Island was showing “The Thief” with Ray Milland and Rita Gam (?) along with “The Ring”, a boxing movie, as advertised in the Oakland Tribune. The phone number was LA-27205.

bago1
bago1 on May 21, 2008 at 3:28 am

i remember this drive inn like it was yesterday i used to go here to watch movies all the time in the mid and late 80s i remember the last time i came here i seen a double feature ghostbusters 2 and indiana jones and the last crusade i remember the area around the drive inn was very dusty and a few abandoned wharehouses and factorys around this area also across the street was a big railroad yard i used to go to the fleamarket here also back then . now everything is gone a apartment complex stands where the drive inn used to be the railroad yard has been gone since 1998 the area is all strip malls and offices it,s really hard to recognize this area today..

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on June 12, 2009 at 6:30 am

Here is an October 1950 ad from the Oakland Tribune:
http://tinyurl.com/mnyajn

TLSLOEWS
TLSLOEWS on April 28, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Interesting name.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 9, 2012 at 1:10 am

Alameda is an Island in the San Francisco Bay.

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