Tropicaire Twin-Vue Drive-In

1969 Alum Rock Avenue,
San Jose, CA 95116

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Architects: Gale Santocono

Previous Names: Alum Rock Drive-In

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Tropicaire Twin-Vue Drive-In

The Alum Rock Drive-In was opened in 1950 when it was operated by Andrew Sasso and General Theatrical Co. It had a capacity for 500 cars. In June 1960 a second screen was added and it became the Tropicaire Twin-Vue Drive-In with an increased car capacity for 1,000. It was closed in 1975.

Now a residential neighborhood. Screen 1 from Alum Rock Road to Platinum Court. Screen 2 from Platinum Court to McKee Road. Opened 1963 to 1975.

Contributed by James Monroe

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dallasmovietheaters on January 10, 2017 at 3:45 am

Launched in 1950 as the Alum Rock Drive-In. In June of 1960, it was sold to El Rancho Drive-In which spent $450,000 to add the second screen and giving the theatre a tropical theme created by designer Gail Santocono who also did the La Habra Theatre. Manley cafeteria, Midway playground equipment and a mini-train were among the other improvements for the April 1, 1961 rebooted Tropicaire Twin-Vue Drive-In Theatre.

MichaelKilgore on January 24, 2020 at 12:06 pm

Boxoffice, Nov. 28, 1960: “Modernization bids are being taken for the old Alum Rock Drive-In on Alum Rock avenue. The theatre, when renovation is completed, will be known as the Tropicaire Drive-In.”

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