Island Auto Movie

2001 Bartlett Drive,
Alameda, CA 94501

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The Island Auto Movie opened June 29, 1950 with Walt Disney’s “Cinderella” and Randolph Scott in “The Nevadan”. 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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kencmcintyre on October 21, 2006 at 9:47 am

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 on May 20, 2008 at 10:28 pm

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 on June 12, 2009 at 1:30 am

Here is an October 1950 ad from the Oakland Tribune:

TLSLOEWS on April 28, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Interesting name.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm

Alameda is an Island in the San Francisco Bay.

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on March 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm

June 29, 1950 Grand Opening Night

davidcoppock on October 18, 2018 at 3:48 am

Also opened with two colour cartoons(not named). The drive-in had a laundrette open not long atfer the drive-in opened(first drive-in i have heard of having a laundrette on site!!) Was there any drive-in’s with a laundrette?

MichaelKilgore on October 26, 2019 at 6:34 pm

HistoricAerials shows the drive-in adjacent to Atlantic Avenue north of the wash. The closest address to the Island’s entrance would be 2001 Bartlett Drive.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 29, 2019 at 2:33 pm

The actual address while the theatre was open was 791 Thau Way.

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