Rita Theatre Owner Raymond Syufy
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A photograph of the young Raymond Syufy (left) with actor Aldo Ray. Syufy opened his first theatre the Rita, 1941 in Vallejo Ca.
His company Syufy Enterprises chain later became today’s Century Theatres.
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Thanks David for this rare photo of the Northern California king pin of movie theatres and drive-in’s Ray Syufy. He was a smart business person buying up farm land and putting in outdoor movie screens and building 70mm Super Cinerama® dome screens around CA. The land the Syufy family still owns the sons have taken over to sell the old drive inn’s for mall space then they put in a new multiplex cinema on the property. The Syufy family kept a few of the old drive in’s around CA,Nevada and Arizona now under ‘Westwind Theatres’ and still run them today with the flea markets. Ray was way ahead of his time as a independent movie theatre owner and real estate guru. He went after the big movie studios to get first run movies for his small chain of cinemas. Thanks to the Syufy family located in Marin county that still carry his legacy.