FREE Movies Thursday at Bay Area’s Last (Iconic) Drive-in Movie Theater

West Wind, which owns the historic Solano Drive In  in Concord, CA, announced that Solano will be presenting totally FREE  movies and  car entrance on  this Thursday night , April 25.  Not only can you   experience the last of a breed – the drive in movie that was so popular in the 1950s and has all but gone the way of Pee Wee Golf Courses and Roller Rinks with increased land values and the modern times – but it’s   FREE  for now.   Perhaps if there’s a big turnout they’ll keep running the promotion.

 

THE SOLANO DRIVE IN as it appeared in the late 1950s.
There were over 3,000 drive in movies during the height of their popularity in the 1950s. Today, there are literally a handful left
The  old drive ins, where kids were known to watch the ‘submarine races’ (ask your folks what that means) sometimes more than the movie itself , have fallen on hard times. With the advent of digital movie houses and increased land values – and people’s busy lives – the experience of putting the family in the car and spending the night at the drive in movies has become pretty much a thing of the past, except in Concord, CA and few other , mostly suburbs.    There are pitifully few drive in movies in the rest of the country – and pretty much limited to the warm weather states in the south.

 

Remaining Drive ins like Solano are used as Swap Meets during days due to increased costs
So, if you’re lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Who knows how much longer even the Solano will stay in business. We’ve lost most of our big city bowling alleys along with roller rinks, pee wee golf palaces and food drive-ins, so enjoy it while you can!
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FREE Movies Thursday at Bay Area’s Last Iconic Drive-in Theater

West Wind, which owns the historic Solano Drive In  in Concord, CA, announced that Solano will be presenting totally FREE  movies and  car entrance on  this Thursday night , April 25.  Not only can you   experience the last of a breed – the drive in movie that was so popular in the 1950s and has all but gone the way of Pee Wee Golf Courses and Roller Rinks with increased land values and the modern times – but it’s   FREE  for now.   Perhaps if there’s a big turnout they’ll keep running the promotion.

 

THE SOLANO DRIVE IN as it appeared in the late 1950s.
There were over 3,000 drive in movies during the height of their popularity in the 1950s. Today, there are literally a handful left
The  old drive ins, where kids were known to watch the ‘submarine races’ (ask your folks what that means) sometimes more than the movie itself , have fallen on hard times. With the advent of digital movie houses and increased land values – and people’s busy lives – the experience of putting the family in the car and spending the night at the drive in movies has become pretty much a thing of the past, except in Concord, CA and few other , mostly suburbs.    There are pitifully few drive in movies in the rest of the country – and pretty much limited to the warm weather states in the south.

 

Remaining Drive ins like Solano are used as Swap Meets during days due to increased costs
So, if you’re lucky enough to live in the San Francisco Bay Area, check out what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Who knows how much longer even the Solano will stay in business. We’ve lost most of our big city bowling alleys along with roller rinks, pee wee golf palaces and food drive-ins, so enjoy it while you can!
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The 50s for Sale – The Music, Films, Cars, Clothes, Culture

 

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New Kwik Way Drive In, er, Restaurant Reopens to Mixed Reviews

How did the old Kwik Way finally reopen without me knowing about it. Thanks to a friend I FINALLY found out while at an Oakland A’s game. . Will have to get over there soon. As reported in a previous blog, the old KWIK WAY was saved… well, sort of.  Thankfully, Owners of Somerset Restaurant in Oakland restored the old edifice but , apparently, added a new menu to the dismay of many (but I expected as much. ) After all, how does one improve on the old Kwik Way.

Get a glimpse of the ORIGINAL KWIK WAY here

Initial reviews have been lukewarm to say the least. If you’re like me, its hard to  compete with the old Kwik Way , like a young ballplayer being called the ‘next Willie Mays.’ There’s only one Willie and there was only one Kwik Way, though , as we reported in a previous blog, there STILL IS an original Kwik Way  if you’re willing to brave the mean streets of East Oakland and International Blvd (formerly E 14th)

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Mixed Reviews

 

On a more positive note…

 

‘Kwik Way…the perfect icon of the revitalization of the eastside dining scene!

Warning nostalgia lovers…this is not your parents’ Kwik Way.  You will not find cheap, extremely greasy fried foods or a drive-thru that contributes to the exhaust in the face of mother nature.  But you will find good food, made well, at a moderate price by the professional restaurant team who created Somerset not too far away.

My wife grew up in the neighborhood so she has fond memories of the fried prawns accompanying a movie at the Grand Lake next door.  The theatre has stood the tests of time, and now it seems the Kwik Way is making a triumphant return.  ‘ – yelp review 4*

New Kwik Way Drive In, er, Restaurant Reopens to Mixed Reviews

Perhaps the new owners should do a little research and get the old Kwik Way recipes, grease and all. Nah, most modern folks would never go for it, though a few of us old nostalgists sure would… In the meantime we’re glad to have  at least the old structure in place.  …and  there’s still the Grand Lake Theatre, where one can go after at least having a pseudo-nostalgic experience at the new Kwik Way… and don’t forget the great ALLEY on Grand where you can hear the original piano player of 50 years, Rod Dibble , tinkle the ivories in an original one-of-a-kind joint… or check out the art deco  Paramount theater in all its 1930’s restored glory, where one can have a truly nostalgic evening every other Friday night, with old movies, theater organ and deco spin contest! Oakland is still quite the place if you go to the right places…

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New Kwik Way Drive In, er, Restaurant Reopens to Mixed Reviews

L.A. TIKI Palaces come in many styles – Bars, Restaurants and Apartments

Probably our favorite of the many Tiki Palaces in Southern California is Bahooka,  perhaps the only Tiki restaurant in the area. Originally built

in the late 60s its maintained a loyal following, according the current and only second owner.  The place looks like Trader Vics meets Robinson Crueso.  As one walks in a darkened room you only see the lights of hundreds of fish tanks lining the dining room wallssafdasdwalls.wall

walls.  Artifacts of you-name-it cover the ceiling and walls. One can spend hours there for sure. The food is very good, too, tiki fare of ribs and sweet potatoes is the specialty! The movie industy has discovered this place, too, now, so be aware of crowds. Not far down Rosemead Blvd, I think it is, you will find three sets of that are very much worth stopping by.  Another must-see would be the Tiki Ti bar in Hollywood. This small but authentic palace also has a loyal following so no guarantees you’ll get a seat.  Another Tiki aparmentsnifty fifties spot along the way was this old drive-in movie, er, sign. Only thing left is this incredible sign for the Starlight, one of the many  departed drive-in theaters in CA -and, who knows if even the sign is still there two years later.