1035 Aster Avenue,
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Architects: Vincent G. Raney
In 1966, on a piece of land bounded by E. Evelyn Avenue and Aster Avenue, Syufy Enterprises built a typical 1960’s drive-in. The Sunnyvale Drive-In was entered via Aster Avenue. The screen was a simple, no-nonsense structure, but the building housing projection, concessions, and restrooms was a circular, cement block design with a low-profiled dome, and 1960’s Googie style stretched diamond ornamental elements attached to the exterior piers. This building design appeared at several of Syufy’s drive-ins, and had much in common with their domed hard-top theatres, aesthetically, Vincent G. Raney being the creator of Syufy/Century’s look for most of that chain’s existence. One such building survives intact at the Coliseum Drive-In in Oakland, now fully given over to swap meet use.
I moved to the neighborhood in 1998, and all trace of the Sunnyvale Drive-In was gone by that time. Today, the site is occupied by condominiums.
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