Stark’s Steak & SeafoodÂ 521 Adams St, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Â Â Â Â Â Â 6147 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92115 The Campus Drive-In was built in 1948. It had a capacity for 900 cars. This drive-in closed around 1983 and was demolished. The baton twirling majorette portion of this neon masterpiece was saved, and
Image courtesy of the El Cajon Boulevard BIA. San Diego was once dotted with neighborhood movie theaters that were as much a neighborhood fixture as the coffee shop or the dime store.Â The State Theatre at 4730 El Cajon Boulevard was San Diego’s state-of-the-art neighborhood movie theatre when it opened on August 28, 1940. The
A fellow Boulevard fan, Steve Freedâ€“who grew up around The Stripâ€“remembers El Cajon Boulevard as â€œa sea of neon.â€ â€œNot only was it a sea of neon,â€ he said, â€œbut it was animated neon.â€ Frank The Trainman, though actually addressed on Park Boulevard, is poised in perfect view at the head of El Cajon Boulevard.
There was probably no landmark more associated with The Boulevard than the Campus Drive In Movie Theatre. From 1948 The Campus Drive In was famous for its 50-x 80-foot neon mural and 46-foot tall majorette complete with twirling baton and Indian headdress. The background scene of the mural included the old SDSU campanile–Hepner Hall– the