Dublin 6 Cinema

7450 Dublin Boulevard,
Dublin, CA 94568

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The Dublin 6 Cinema was a fantastic 1970’s/1980’s theatre. The auditoriums ranged from a rather large one to a small 80 or so seater. The seats and decor ranged from gold and brown, to red, green, and blue. But what really made this theatre was it’s lighting. In the main auditorium were orange screen lights with only red recessed square fixtures on the ceiling. Very dark. During intermission the red square lights changed over to white lights so the staff could see to clean the auditorium. When they were done cleaning, the square fixtures were changed back to red lights. (Must have been two bulbs – one white and one red in each square recessed fixture). Three other auditoriums also featured the orange screen lights.

Contributed by Eric Hooper

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Eric
Eric on June 10, 2004 at 10:45 am

Scott,

The GCC Dublin Place had 6 screens and the Galaxy in Pleasanton had 8 screens.

EM Theatres (Enea Bros?) also operated the Galaxy in Pleasanton and The Vine Twin in Livemore, as well as the Dublin 6 Cinema. They would open first run films at the Galaxy, and then move them to the Dublin as second runs. The Galaxy and the Dublin had to split product with the GCC Dublin Place.

The Dublin 6 Cinema closed in January 1998. The last film to play there was Kundun. It was closed and demolished in order to build the freeway offramp that is now right behind The Good Guys.

The Galaxy was taken over by Regal shortly before they opened their 20 at Hacienda Crossings. (Hmmm, I smell a conspiracy!!). Regal attempted to operate it as an art house but eventually just closed it.

The Vine Twin in Livermore is still going strong…

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on June 11, 2004 at 10:47 am

I do remember now the Galaxy was an eight-screener.

With regards to the Vine Twin(recently remodelled and has a new facade), there has been a rumor that Century theaters is looking at opening a multiplex in downtown Livermore. If indeed that happens, I think that spells doom for the Vine Twin.

VHalter
VHalter on August 11, 2004 at 9:56 pm

I worked at the Dublin Cinema (1985-1997) and managed it for part of that time. It was a great theatre with a lot of character. It was known for having a friendly helpful staff. It was hard to see it torn down, since I remember going there as a child (the drive-in too). It was a pleasure working for the Enea family.
Vince Halter

mcmikecroaro
mcmikecroaro on August 30, 2004 at 4:44 pm

Hi Folks:
I worked for the Enea family but over in Belmont at the Belmont Cinemas 3. I did visit the Dublin 6 a couple of times. It had a strange hall way leading to the different auds that twisted left and right as though you were going through a maze. I seem to recall every aud being completely different with different styles of seats, wall drapes etc. To bad they tore it down.

JasonBalch
JasonBalch on September 26, 2004 at 8:34 am

A fantasic theatre in a great location, it was a regular haunt by myself and my sisters during our childhood. The lines would often pour out of the small lobby into the parking lot. In later years, a second entrance and small concession was added on the west side of the building. When the adjacent San Ramon Auto Movies was twinned, the second screen projection was shot out of the back of the indoor. I always prefeered this theatre to the GC location across the street. While it was older and a bit more run-down, it had a lot more charm.

scottfavareille
scottfavareille on November 18, 2004 at 1:46 pm

With regards to the Belmont Cinemas 3, that theater is now a carpet store. I remember it when it was a theater that had one side showing mainstream films and the other side(as the Bel-Art) showing arthouse fare.

Bobbalt
Bobbalt on December 28, 2006 at 12:01 pm

The Dublin Cinema actually started out as a single screen theatre, around 1969. By 1973 two screens were added to the theatre’s west side; “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” and “Bang The Drum Slowly” were among the first films to show on the added screens.

Eric
Eric on June 10, 2009 at 8:04 pm

Does anyone have any photos, interior and exterior, of the theatre?

ato
ato on May 26, 2013 at 2:21 am

I remember this theatre well. I saw Return of the Jedi here in 1983 and Terminator the next year. Nearby was Dublin Place 6 in a shopping center with a Montgomery Wards and a Gemco. Anyone have any info on it? That’s where I saw Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, ET, and Krull among others.

ifc
ifc on July 5, 2014 at 9:29 pm

I used to see movies here all the time before the Galaxy opened, then only very rarely afterward. It had a nice, old-time cinema feel to it. I vaguely remember going on a field trip and being able to look at the projection rooms (I think there was a spiral staircase?) and seeing An American Tail. It seems like I saw a lot more movies at the GCC Dublin Place across the street, which was all gray brick and more utilitarian than this one. But they are both long gone now.

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