Sunnyvale Drive-In

1035 Aster Avenue,
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

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Previously operated by: Century Theatres, Syufy Enterprises

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

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Sunnyvale Drive-In

In 1966, on a piece of land bounded by E. Evelyn Avenue and Aster Avenue, Syufy Enterprises built a typical 1960’s drive-in which opened on June 29, 1966 with Ann-Margret in “Stagecoach” & James Stewart in “The Flight of the Phoenix”. The Sunnyvale Drive-In was entered via Aster Avenue. The screen was a simple, no-nonsense structure, but the building housing projection, concessions, and restrooms was a circular, cement block design with a low-profiled dome, and 1960’s Googie style stretched diamond ornamental elements attached to the exterior piers. This building design appeared at several of Syufy’s drive-ins, and had much in common with their domed hard-top theatres, aesthetically, Vincent G. Raney being the creator of Syufy/Century’s look for most of that chain’s existence. One such building survives intact at the Coliseum Drive-In in Oakland, now fully given over to swap meet use.

I it was closed in 1983. I moved to the neighborhood in 1998, and all trace of the Sunnyvale Drive-In was gone by that time. Today, the site is occupied by condominiums.

Contributed by Gary Parks

Recent comments (view all 11 comments)

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on May 3, 2012 at 9:30 am

Solano Drive-In in Concord has a similar building, as does the Santa Barbara Drive-In. The less stylish dome snack bars still exist in Sacramento, San Jose and Glendale (AZ).

GaryParks on May 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Corrections—revealed by the posting of the aerial photo of the drive-in: The theatre was bounded by Aster Avenue, and Evelyn Avenue. As stated earlier, it was entered from Aster. The site is now indeed condos. The adjacent small shopping center occupies an adjacent plot of land, just out of the photo, to the Right.

jwmovies on December 11, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Approx. address for this drive-in was 1035 Aster Avenue.

davidcoppock on October 11, 2018 at 3:04 am

The condominiums are called Willowbank Apartments.

jwmovies on September 9, 2022 at 1:11 am

Yet another correction: The aforementioned shooping center no longer exists! An empty field I’m afraid…

stackenblochen on April 28, 2023 at 11:38 pm

We could see the movies from our roof. They used a speaker system and not a radio frequency so we couldn’t hear it.

rivest266 on April 18, 2024 at 11:15 am

Opened on June 29th, 1966. Grand opening ad posted.

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