Alameda, California

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    Island Auto Movie Drive-in, Alameda, California. Opened 1950.
    A storm in 1991 destroyed the screen at this theater. Oddly enough, after the expense and labor of replacing it, the theater never re-opened. The site continued as a weekend swap meet until 1995 when it was closed and abandoned. It was demolished in 1997, and a housing subdivision was built shortly thereafter on the site.
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    Photograph taken 1983

    Frank Synopsis, jody9, patrickjoust, and 28 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. retrOKC 78 months ago | reply

      Another VW bus. I like the stars.

    2. raindog61 78 months ago | reply

      Excellent point of view. Is it on the good side or the bad side of the tracks?

    3. ISO1977 78 months ago | reply

      i think i remember this place. how rad would it have been to see The Outsiders here? With that whole opening scene taking place at the drive-in. Goddamn i miss drive-ins. We need them more than we need housing subdivisions.

    4. madmonk 78 months ago | reply

      gorgeous, crisp. especially like the reflection. is this also ilford?

    5. efo 78 months ago | reply

      What a fantastic, beautiful shot.

    6. orestis f 77 months ago | reply

      Wonderful picture.

    7. Frank Synopsis 77 months ago | reply

      Fantastic. So glad you captured this.

    8. Cold Iron 77 months ago | reply

      This is a great shot. To answer raindog61, this was the bad side of the tracks. Well, bad for Alameda, anyway.

      The last time I went was with my friends... we snuck in through the unguarded exit on BMX bikes to see 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' in '90.

      So many memories. Thanks for posting. You should consider posting it here:

    9. lslphoto 75 months ago | reply

      Wow i used to go to the flea market there as a teen in the 80's. Awesome to see you captured it so well in black and white.

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