Hilltop Drive-In

3150 Garrity Way,
Richmond, CA 94806

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Hilltop Drive-In

This drive-in sat near what is now Hilltop Mall in Richmond. The Hilltop Drive-In opened July 4, 1963. Syufy Enterprises operated it until the early-1980’s. Their current Century 16 theatres is near this site.

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Scott Neff
Scott Neff on October 31, 2007 at 12:05 am

Here’s my snappy comeback a year-and-a-half later…

I can barely see the first 15-minutes of Star Trek 1 on my DVD player. The movie was pretty damned dark to begin with, I can’t imagine drive-ins doing it much justice anywhere.

pinolian on January 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm

My family saw just about every Disney film that came up to the drive-in, back in the 60’s. My brother and a friend of ours were actually there the last day they were open and didnt even know they were closing. The double feature was Mortuary and “House On Soriorty Row"
Still miss that place

TLSLOEWS on March 17, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Any photos anyone?

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 17, 2010 at 6:06 pm

The opposite would be seeing “JEREMIAH JOHNSON” on the big screen outside.All the snow in that movie showed every crack in the Drive-in screen,drove someone like me nuts. Heck, i can spot a wad of gum on an indoor screen that no one with ever notices,Guess it comes from 7 years in the business.TLSLOEWS.remember CUE marks.Rookies today, have no idea what CUE marks are.

TLSLOEWS on March 17, 2010 at 6:12 pm

Yeah they dont have a Clue about the Cue marks!

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on March 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

Why should they its all automated.

xsallnow on November 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I remember the Hilltop as being a cut above their neighbors the San Pablo and the Rancho, but it was brand new and shiny then. When did it open? Seen Judgment At Neurenberg there so that would place it as being open in 19961. It was a nice drive-in.

JohnRice on December 6, 2015 at 8:28 pm

The Hilltop Drive-In opened on the 4th of July 1963 with a double feature of “Follow That Dream” and “Sergeants Three”. The original owner and operator was the Jeha Family who also ran the Park Theatre in El Sobrante. It was later acquired by the Syufy circuit who also ran the Rancho Drive-In in San Pablo.

xsallnow on December 11, 2016 at 7:59 pm

Maybe I seen Judgment At Neurenberg at the san Pablo and not the Hilltop, if the 1963 opening date is correct.

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