Dublin Rollarena 1974–Fond Childhood Memories

By Steve Minniear | November 10, 2020 |

Businesses come and go, but fond childhood memories remain.  The loud music, strobing lights and the occasional bumps and bruises became the stuff of many kid’s stories. The Rollarena took over the former Safeway store at the San Ramon Village shopping center.  It was the first local shopping center and was built in the early…

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San Ramon Auto Movie 1967–The Place To Go for Years

By Steve Minniear | November 1, 2020 |

With social distancing affecting our ability to see movies, maybe it’s time to remember Dublin in 1967. The San Ramon Auto Movie, at the Interstate 580/680 intersection, was the place to go for years. It later grew to have two screens and lasted into the 1980s. What did you see there? Don’t you wish there…

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The Memorable Californian Winter of 1976, When it Snowed in Dublin

By Steve Minniear | January 1, 2020 |

Winters are seldom that memorable in California, but, remember that time in snowed in Dublin? Teachers let kids out of class to play in the snow outside Frederiksen Elementary School. Kids tried to catch snowflakes on their tongues. Snowball fights and snow sculptures took place everywhere there was a little buildup. But, oddly enough, we…

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Old Highway 21 in Dublin

By Steve Minniear | September 11, 2016 |

Back in the day, Highway 21 took you from Dublin north or south. Now we call it San Ramon Road (to the north) or Foothill Blvd. (to the south). Dublin and San Ramon Village (a residential and commercial development on the right) in 1961.

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