Capitol 6 Drive-In & Public Market

3630 Hillcap Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95136

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Operated by: West Wind Drive-Ins

Previously operated by: Century Theatres, Syufy Enterprises

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

Functions: Movies

Previous Names: Capitol Drive-In

Phone Numbers: Box Office: 408.226.2251

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Capitol 6 Drive-In & Public Market

Originally opened on May 25, 1971 as a four-screen drive-in, it was later expanded to six. At some point in the west side of the property was reconfigured to make way for a 16-screen indoor theater. All six screens still operate year round.

Contributed by Scott D. Neff

Recent comments (view all 12 comments)

DavidZornig on September 28, 2010 at 11:02 am

This theater just hosted the Hot San Jose Nights Car Show & Event. They ran the movie “American Graffiti”, and Candy Clark who played Debbie in the film made a personal appearance.

scifi1972 on January 21, 2011 at 2:49 am

I can’t find the theater on Cinema Treasures, but I was at the flea market today and noticed the indoor Century Capitol 16 that was built adjacent to the drive-in in 1990 has closed. It appears to have closed in October. View link

scifi1972 on January 21, 2011 at 3:01 am

Here’s an aerial view of the indoor & drive-in. View link

Drive-In 54
Drive-In 54 on June 26, 2012 at 5:12 am

Added aerial from 1980.

antoniomontana on August 17, 2013 at 11:48 pm

The Syufys installed digital projectors a while back so the drive in will remain open following the transition to all digital media in Dec 2013.

codegeasskent on June 18, 2016 at 7:35 pm

This one stay around a long time i got my old battlestar galactica toys here!

jwmovies on August 31, 2018 at 12:09 am

Just a clarification: When this opened, screens 3 was located at was the indoor movie theater’s parking lot. Screen 4 was located at where the theater stood. 2 additional screens were added around 1980 (the current screens 4 and 6). When the Century Capitol 16 opened (I was at the opening!), 2 MUCH smaller screens were shoehorned onto the original screen 1 (the current configuration). I still can’t get over the drive in which opened 20 years before the now closed and demolished indoor is STILL going strong!

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on August 31, 2018 at 10:12 am

This was never operated by United Artists. Syufy/Century the entire time. Also — can we do something about the Century Circuit categorization? That was a different company altogether than Century Theatres.

davidkaye on August 25, 2020 at 12:38 am

Syufy/West Wind also operates former drive-ins as flea markets, such as the Coliseum Drive-In in Oakland.

rivest266 on April 19, 2024 at 12:31 am

Shared grand opening ad with the Century Almaden posted.

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