Hayward Drive-In

655 Tennyson Road,
Hayward, CA 94544

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Jamey_monroe45 on August 6, 2023 at 7:35 pm

Now Tennyson townhomes outside the BART station @ 655 Tennyson Rd, Hayward, CA 94544.

Dixon was the Bart entrance NOT part of the drive in tneatre.

Please update.

MichaelKilgore on April 22, 2020 at 10:46 am

Boxoffice, Sept. 4, 1948: “Motor Movies in Hayward advertise: "No need to pay for baby sitters … bring the whole family.” Therefore, it was of great interest last week when a young woman appeared in an auto filled with about seven children ranging from 7 and 9. She was a baby-sitter collecting 75 cents an hour for each kid and paying 60 cents for one carload."

MichaelKilgore on October 28, 2019 at 1:50 pm

Since this drive-in was replaced by the South Hayward BART Station, the best address would be the station’s: 28601 Dixon St, Hayward, CA 94544.

MichaelKilgore on July 18, 2019 at 2:39 pm

From the June 7, 1947 BoxOffice:

Gordon Allen’s new Motor Movies Drive-In at Hayward will open June 27. A CPA permit has been received. No one was more surprised than Gordon when he realized that ground was broken for the drive-in only two weeks ago. Allen recently was married to Helen McCoy of the Robert L. Lippert circuit.

davidcoppock on October 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm

Also opened with selected shorts(not named) and news? Closed in (1969?).

rivest266 on August 5, 2018 at 9:50 am

This opened on July 2nd, 1947. Grand opening ad in the photo section.

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.

kencmcintyre on July 31, 2007 at 7:34 am

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

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.