- Entertainment and Media»
- Movies & Movie Reviews
Fun at the Drive-In Theater
The Classic Drive-In Movie Theater
Enjoy the nostalgia of a drive-in movie theater. Do you remember those days?
Maybe you have heard your parents or grandparents talking about how they would go to an outdoor theater. Here the latest featured movies would be on a giant outdoor screen that stood larger then life in front of many carloads of families. Double features were the norm. Although at times one could see a triple movie feature.
Back in time as late as the 1970's, it was common to see two and sometimes three movies in even the walk-in movie theaters.
Present time, there is one movie for the walk-in theaters for one large price, though up to a few dollars cheaper if you go to the matinee show. However, if you happen to live close enough to go to an outdoor drive-in theater (yes, they still exist), then you can see two movies for the price of one matinee ticket.
The American Drive-In Movie Theatre Book
Tracing the history, geography, and ideology of the American drive-in movie theater, authors Don and Susan Sanders present a densely illustrated look at American culture at its most shallow, sensual, and delightful. Noting the need of the newly created class of motorized, moneyed teenagers of the 1940s and '50s to find a dark and private place for their pubescent pastimes, the Sanders place the origin of this outdoor entertainment form in the birth of popular culture. The sections on the amusement park-style rides, refreshments, and attractions that were used to lure the bored and their cash to this form of voyeurism are especially delightful (the "Mono-Rocket" ride and the new high-speed food dispensers provide intriguing images of capitalist inventiveness). In spite of its Pollyanna-ish tone, The American Drive-In Movie Theater works as both a celebration and an insightful analysis of this passing phase of pre-couch potato folly. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cinema Under the Stars Book
Theatre or Theater
The first drive-in opened in New Jersey on June 6, 1933. The American name is theater. Though many drive-ins located in America have theatre within the name.
Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933 [Paperback]
Learn the history
Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933. Available in paperback, hardcover and Kindle Edition.
Look inside before you buy. Many books on Amazon have this option. It gives the customer the chance to see what is in store in a particular book before they decide to purchase it.
Along with history of the drive-in theater are historical photos that you will enjoy to look at as much as read the book!
Do you know the history of the drive-in theater?
This book will enlighten you with how Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. came up with the idea of an outdoor movie. How he started this with test in his home driveway with a 1928 Kodak projector.
This is not a picture book with light information. This is for the research enthusiasts. It goes deep into the history of the outdoor theater. The book takes you through the golden years and the decline to near extinction of this entertainment pastime of a great movie watching experience.
Drive-in Theaters Paperback
Drive-In Theater Poster - Our Hometown Theater History
Outdoor Drive-in Theater are Rare
In our hometown we had two outdoor movie theaters until the early 1980's. One being on the west side and the other one on the east side of town. But then the times had changed and the theaters closed down to make room for apartment buildings.
This is the common scenario across America. The outdoor drive-in theaters were disappearing. It looked as though this would soon be a thing of the past. This is something that you would tell your grand kids about, "When I was your age, we would load up the car with snacks and blankets. See not one, but two movies outdoors. It was a lot of fun." And if the grand kids are teenagers, you may not want to mention in detail all of the fun that you had at the drive-in.
There is a smaller percentage of drive-in theaters presently then back in the good o' days. Though many places are revitalizing this historical treasure and bringing back the outdoor theaters.
As for where I live, we have three outdoors, with the furthest being in Door County at 1 1/2 hours away. To the closest, at a little more then a half hour drive.
Two of the three allow you to bring in your own food and beverages. However they encourage you to order from their snack bar. We do bring our own snacks but we usually end up ordering nachos and sometimes a pizza.
Drive-in Movies in US Still Draw Crowds
See the Cult Classics - 12 movies for one low price
If you can't go to the drive-in, then enjoy the next best thing with these 12 Drive-In Theatre Cult Classics. These movies were made before most of us were born. Talk about nostalgia!
See if any of these classic movies scare you or will you find yourself laughing on the floor. Here are the names of these movies of 1959. Are you familiar with any of these?
The Wasp Woman
The Screaming Skull
The Brain that Wouldn't Die
The Killer Shrews
The Crawling Eye
Bride of the Monster
The Giant Gila Monster
Cat Women of the Moon
Devil Girl From Mars
Invaders From Mars
Invasion of the Animal People
Drive-In Movie Theater Wall Art Snack Metal Signs - Best part of the movie
Love These Old Time Snack Commercials
Often the best part of the movie is the old time commercials for the snack counter. It would be so disappointing if these weren't shown before the movie.
At the same time it is a bit eerie thinking that the food and beverages are alive with hands, feet and faces.
Buttery Fresh Popcorn Sign
Nothing Better Than the Popcorn
Need the Popcorn
Get the popcorn at the concession stand.
What I love about going to the drive-in is that all the family is included. Even our dog Buddy. For the price of an afternoon matinee, you can watch two movies at the outdoor. We find it fun sitting outdoors getting fresh air and wrapped up in blankets, while watching a great movie.
Note: Links are included to take you to the items you will need.
Things to Bring to the Drive-in Theater
Besides yourself and children
- Bring the dog along. Be sure to bring the leash, water and a dog blanket.
- If planning on laying on the ground. Be sure to have an outdoor blanket that is water resistant.
- Sitting in your folding chair, you will want a nice warm fleece blanket to wrap up with. The temperatures do drop and the night can get cold.
Animal Planet Sherpa Pet Blanket
We love to sit outside our car with our folding chairs and snuggled up with nice warm blankets.
Cooler and Mosquito Repellent
- Bring a cooler for those beverages and snacks that need to stay cold.
- Make sure to have mosquito repellent. You may be there to enjoy the movies. But the mosquitoes are there to enjoy you.
Coleman 48-Quart Cooler
Repel 100 Insect Repellent
- A rechargeable portable radio is good to have if there is no movie speakers. Some theaters have them and some do not. Plus if you plan on sitting outside, a portable radio is ideal to have.
Portable Radio with Digital Tuning and Rds
Drive-In Retro Posters
Retro Movie Posters - Enjoy these on your wall
Design by: WesternArtist
Saturday Night at the Movies Poster
Design by: Ross_Studio
Route 66 Drive-In Retro Neon Poster
Outdoor Movie System
Writer for Hire
I have been writing articles since 2008. If you enjoyed this article my services are available to write for you. Please contact me for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
© 2013 Sandy Mertens