Marin Motor Movies

55 Bellam Boulevard,
San Rafael, CA 94901

Unfavorite 2 people favorited this theater

Additional Info

Previously operated by: Blumenfeld Theater Circuit

Previous Names: Rafael Motor Movies

Nearby Theaters

The Marin Motor Movies was opened in 1948 with a 600-car capacity. It was closed around 1982. The site of this former drive-in is now the Marin Square shopping center.

Contributed by Chris Ellinger

Recent comments (view all 4 comments)

Celeste on August 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

We used to go there when I was kid. You could see the Screen as you rounded Redwood Highway. It was always really cool to be driving by at night and to catch a few glimpses of the Movie that was playing.

jwmovies on September 18, 2018 at 5:17 pm

55 Bellam Boulevard is the correct address not 555. Please update. This drive in now shopping center is located between Hwys 101 & 580. 555 is further east in the Canal District.

MichaelKilgore on February 6, 2019 at 8:07 pm

From the Marin Independent Journal’s History Watch:

Marin County’s first drive-in theater, Marin Motor Movies opened in 1948 and featured a 41- by 52-foot screen and “hook-on” car speakers that could be tuned loud or soft “depending on the amount of attention the occupants wish to devote to the screen.” [Capacity was 600.] A sunken building (to avoid obstructing vision) housed the projection room, snack bar and rest rooms. The Marin Square shopping center now occupies the site.

MichaelKilgore on October 29, 2019 at 11:23 am

The drive-in appeared to be intact in a 1982 aerial photo, but a 1983 aerial showed construction of the shopping center underway.

You must login before making a comment.

New Comment

Subscribe Want to be emailed when a new comment is posted about this theater?
Just login to your account and subscribe to this theater.