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The Drive-In Theater - A Nostalgic Look
It's a Summer Saturday Night! Let's All Go to the Drive-In!
Do you remember the Drive-In? I do! There are a few left but not as many as when I was a kid.
This site immortalizes the drive-in theater and has a lot of fun stuff including trivia, quizzes, photos and videos. You also have a chance to comment and to buy some of your very own drive-in memorabilia!
Let's jump back to the past and put down the convertible top, it's time for the show!
Do You Have Any?
The first drive in theater opened in 1933 in New Jersey but I wasn't around. In fact, thousands of people made memories at the drive-in long before I was born. However, I am old enough to remember them and that they were very popular for teenagers who were making out. We tried to get our father to take us but we rarely went. I went more after I started driving.
I remember the comedy of Cheech and Chong and their sketch of Pedro and the Man at the Drive In in which they tried to sneak someone in the drive-in without paying. I can almost do that routine by heart! I remember the playground at the drive-in that you could play at before the movie started. Some kids were in their pajamas! I remember the cartoon previews and that we always waited for the cartoons...that was our favorite part. Although we usually didn't make it past the first feature, as we usually fell asleep, my father wanted to get his money's worth and always stayed through both movies as they usually played a double-feature. I remember waking up in the car when we were leaving...we were all bundled up in blankets as it got cold without the heater and my father wanted to save gas and rarely ran the engine.
I remember going to the snack bar and the tempting snack bar advertisements. I have found some of these and they are on this site. I also remember the "countdown" to the first and second feature.
Lastly, I remember that people would drive out with the speakers in their windows. You could almost always hear a "cracking" noise for a broken window or for a speaker getting ripped from the pole.
I hope you enjoy this little trip down "movie" lane with me and please feel free to comment below! I would love to hear from you!
One of the Few Remaining Drive-In's Still in Operation - Lake Shore Drive-In in Monticello, Indiana
Located in Monticello, Indiana, the Lake Shore Drive In is one of the scarce remaining operational drive in movie theaters. It shows two movies at the same time and you park your car facing the screen for the movie that you want to see. Instead of speakers, you can hear the audio on your car's FM radio.
Considered one of the top ten Drive-ins in the USA - Capri Drive-In in Coldwater, Michigan
The Capri Drive-In in Coldwater, Michigan has been rated as one of the Top 10 Drive-Ins nationwide. Great prices and a ton of fun.
"He's too nervous to kill himself. He wears his seat belt in a drive-in movie."
I Remember These Countdowns! - I guess I must be old...ha!
A Drive-In With A Rotating Neon 1957 Chevy? You Bet! - Georgetown Drive In, Georgetown, Indiana
The Georgetown Drive-In is over 50 years old and has a rotating '57 Chevy and 4 screens!! What a nostalgic place!
A girl and her boyfriend were making out in the front seat, at the drive-in theater.
Her boyfriend says "Hey baby, do you want get in the back?"
She said "No, I wanna stay up here with you!"
Nostalgic Drive In Commercials
A Drive-In Screen of Long Ago - Near Sapulpa, Oklahoma
The screen at an old Drive-In Movie Theater on Route 66 near Sapulpa, Oklahoma.
Fun Drive-In Theatre Stuff - Make your home look like a drive-in!
Vintage Drive In Cartoon Ads - Let's all go to the Lobby!
Did you hear about the two idiots that were found frozen to death in their car at a drive-in movie theater?
They went to see "Closed for the Winter".
Tribute to the Midway Drive-In in Minetto, New York - By Squidmaster mojo_007
A Different Design for a Drive-In - Hanover Drive-In Theatre, Hanover, Ontario
Drive-in Theatres across Grey and Bruce County - Hanover.
This is a Little Scary - Watch the Theatre Fall Down!
Another Abandoned Drive In, Gone But Not Completely Obliterated and Certainly Not Forgotten - Centralia - Drive-In, Centralia, Pennsylvania
Abandoned drive-in near Centralia, Pennsylvania
"You might be a redneck if your stereo speakers used to belong to the Moonlight Drive-in Theater."
Watch Out For the Monsters on the Way to the Snack Bar - Nothing like eating with your fingers!
A Big Abandoned Drive In - None Bigger in Texas! - Starlite Drive In Brenham, Texas
Former Starlite Drive-in Theatre, Brenham, Texas.
C'mon, This Can't be Real - Nothing like promoting smoking for your kids.
Can't Believe This One Survived Hundreds of Tornadoes! - Chief Drive In, Kansas
Even Dorothy came back to watch movies at this drive-in.
50 Drive-In Movie Classics on Video for less than $20
This video set contains 50 complete movies. You can click on the link to see the actual names but these are the best of the best "B" Movies available on video.
I do remember seeing some of these when I was growing up. These were usually the second or third feature but still a good watch. By this time, it was cold and many times, I remember my Father driving out either during or before these started.
Buy this set to spend many a night with popcorn or just for corny reminiscing with friends or at a party.
1977 Drive-In Massacre Movie! - The full length movie, only here!
Last Night of the Memphis Drive-In Theatre - Memphis, Tennessee
Sad to see this one go, many people have known this as an area landmark.
Lovin' the Drive In Until the Cows Come Home... - ..Get me a milk, will ya?
Former Starlite Drive In, Brenham, Texas.
Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by, please put your speakers back in their holder before driving away!