Geneva 4 Drive-In

607 Carter Street,
Daly City, CA 94014

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DonMcD
DonMcD on October 15, 2013 at 9:49 am

I was the assistant manager there in 1970-71…the grandstands were a wreck even then, totally unsafe…it should be noted that Syufy Enterprises(owners of the theatre)did NOT own the land there, any more than they owned the land under any of their drive-ins.

Can’t swear to this, but we were told that there was a clause in the land lease that gave the owner the right to take back the land at any time if dog racing were to become legal again…

Regarding the safety of the place, it wasn’t the greatest area, but in the two years I was there no employee was ever mugged, let alone injured…nor (so far as we knew) were any customers…however I’m told it kept going downhill…

Jemimah63
Jemimah63 on June 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Midget cars? I always heard it was a dog track…Maybe both?

And to nearby neighborhoods, add Visitacion Valley..

stevenj
stevenj on January 16, 2013 at 8:51 am

The location mentioned above “Located in South San Francisco’s Excelsior district” should read “Located in Daly City” as this drive in is just across the SF city/county line. The Excelsior district is in San Francisco about 1 mile northwest of this location and South San Francisco is about 5 miles south of here. The closest neighborhoods are Sunnydale, across Geneva Ave from the Cow Palace (SF) and Bayshore (Daly City), just southeast of the Cow Palace.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on January 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm

I’m sure they had to have been off limits. That part of town has always been rowdy so I imagine during drive-in business the rowdiness just got worse.

Marklar
Marklar on January 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Those grand stands in the back are a trip! Could people sit up there and watch movies or where they off limits?

tarantex
tarantex on August 28, 2010 at 9:23 pm

This Drive was such a dump. I worked there for 2 weeks with a OLD lady she was training me. I left after I was shot at coming from the Box Office to the Snack Bar. very seedy crowd, and when the Cow palace had a show it was impossiable to get out of the Theatre lines of cars at a stand still. its good it been demolished.

larrygoldsmith
larrygoldsmith on August 28, 2010 at 3:45 pm

ken mc
Yes, this is the same drive-in. Daly City/South City are just a little south of SF, or suburbs if you will. Geneva DI was adjacent to the Cow Palace. This area now is not very safe.

kencmcintyre
kencmcintyre on January 14, 2006 at 9:44 am

Is there any chance that this drive-in and the Geneva Drive-In in San Francisco are one and the same?