Hayward Drive-In

781 Tennyson Road,
Hayward, CA 94544

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Located at Tennyson Road and Mission Boulevard in Hayward, the Hayward Motor Movies was opened prior to 1955. The theatre was closed sometime in the mid-1960’s. It was demolished to make way for the BART South Hayward station parking lot circa 1968.

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kencmcintyre on November 20, 2006 at 3:53 pm

Here is an article about the closing of the drive-in, dated ¾/69:

Twin Drive-In Theaters Up For Industrial Review

Hayward lost its only drive-in theater last year to the bulldozers of Bay Area Rapid Transit, but it’s about to recoup its loss two-fold and gain something of a cinematic first in the bargain, a spokesman for East Bay Theaters, Inc. said yesterday.

Plans for a twin-drive-in theater complex accommodating 1,257 cars on a 17-acre flatlands site south of Industrial Parkway West are in the hands of city zoning officials. Hayward Industrial Commissioners are scheduled to review them tomorrow at 8 p.m. at city hall.
Arnold C. Childhouse, who said he represents both East Bay Theaters, Inc. and United Artists Theaters, Inc., which prepared the plans, said construction of the twin 74 by 116-foot screens and a connecting
concession – cafeteria building could start in April if city review
and approval procedures run smoothly.

The site for the project is on the south edge of the city’s industrial belt, in an open, vacant area just north of the Alameda
County flood control channel which separates Hayward and Union City.
East Bay Theaters owns the site, plus about 15 acres which separates it from Hesperian Boulevard, which will give access to the theaters.

Not quite a year ago, Hayward’s lone drive-in, the Hayward Motor Movies at the southwest corner of Mission Boulevard and Tennyson Road, closed its gates for the last time. Owned by United Artists
Theaters, it was one of the first drive-in theaters opened in the
bay area and had occupied its 13-acre site for about 20 years. It was demolished last spring to make way for the South Hayward BART Station.

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2007 at 7:34 am

Here is an ad from the Daily Review dated 12/20/57:

RonR on November 17, 2013 at 1:47 pm

It was a drive-in theater. I used to work at the Hayward Motor Movie. They had a service for the customers that when you drove in we washed your windshield. I was one of those people. Then when most everyone was there, we worked in the snack bar. I was still in high school at that time. What great era!! It was sad to see it go.

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