A drive-in is a facility such as a restaurant, or movie theater where one can literally drive in with an automobile for service. At a drive-in restaurant, for example, customers park their vehicles and are usually served by staff who walk out to take orders and return with food, encouraging diners to remain parked while they eat. It is usually distinguished from a drive-through. At a drive-through restaurant, conversely, customers wait in a line and pass by one or more windows to order, pay, and receive their food, encouraging them to take their meals elsewhere to eat.
The first drive-in restaurant was Kirby's Pig Stand, which opened in Dallas, Texas, in 1921. In North America, drive-in facilities of all types have become less popular since their heyday in the 1950s and 1960s, with drive-throughs rising to prominence since the 1970s and 1980s.
In popular culture
As a symbol of the 1950s, the drive-in is featured in many films or series about this period. In American Graffiti, the beginning of the movie takes place front of a drive-in, while in Happy Days, the "Arnold's Drive-In" is one of the main locations. On The Simpsons, there was a drive-in where Bart, Lisa and the children sneak out after curfew. It was from the episode, Wild Barts Can't Be Broken. In the '80s cartoon, Curious George which was narrated by the late Jack Duffy, George and his friend, The Man with the Yellow Hat go to a drive-in. It was from the episode, Curious George At The Drive-In Movie.
- Wells, Dick. "SRMA Update", in Street Rodder, 12/98, p.298.
- Jones, Dwayne. "What's New with the Pig Stands—Not the Pig Sandwich!"
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