Coliseum Drive-In

5401 Coliseum Way,
Oakland, CA 94601

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Operated by: Century Theatres

Architects: Vincent G. Raney

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Coliseum Drive-In

Opened on May 22, 1964 with a triple bill:Cliff Robertson in “PT-109”, Henry Fonda in “Spencer’s Mountain” and John Wayne in “McClintock”. It was later a 4-screen theatre. It was closed in 1998. The Coliseum Drive-In was used exclusively as a swap meet by Syufy/Century Theatres. It had been demolished by early-2024.

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Recent comments (view all 14 comments)

gsmurph on July 3, 2004 at 11:11 am

The Coliseum’s address was 5401 Coliseum Way.

Scott Neff
Scott Neff on June 7, 2007 at 8:11 pm

Vincent Raney was the architect of this Drive-In. The building is similar in design to the former Burlingame Drive-In and the Santa Barbara Twin Drive-In.

Opened 12/22/1961.

The chain is now “West Wind”.

bago1 on May 20, 2008 at 10:11 pm

i used to go to the drive inn here all the time with my perants back in the late 80s when i was a little kid this was a big hang out back then i really miss this drive inn i still go to the flea market they have here on the weekends theres only one screen left and the snackbar is still in use also the old kids play ground on the side of the snack bar is now a stage for live mexican music ..

bbyparit on January 8, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Hm. I lived in Oakland in the mid 70s. All I remember was that you could see the movie screen from our front porch. It wasn’t super close and I know we lived on top of a hill… but I’m not sure how else to figure out where our house was in proximity to the drive in. I thought I could look it up on the internet and see which way the screen faced.. but if there were multiple screens, I’m not sure. Looking at the map, most houses seem to be east of the theater?

blu_tango on July 4, 2014 at 8:58 am

Hi, does anybody know what year this drive in closed? thanks for the help! d

rockyroadz on May 17, 2020 at 9:30 pm

The original address was 5401 Industrial Way; Coliseum Way came later. May 1964 Oakland Tribune article in photos.

dansdriveintheater on April 26, 2021 at 12:17 pm

wish this one would be reopened!

jwmovies on July 13, 2022 at 8:19 pm

Closed in 1998 a year after the Union City D/I 6 closed. Worked one the box offices (Poltergeist was playing had to turn away many cars! 😇😇)in 1982. FYI.

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