List of drive-in theaters

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This is a list of drive-in theaters. A drive-in theater is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand, and a large parking area for automobiles. Within this enclosed area, customers can view films from their cars.

This list includes active and defunct drive-in theaters.

Drive-in theatres[edit]

Australia[edit]

About 330 drive-in theatres were established in Australia, following the Skyline, established in 1954 in Melbourne.

United States[edit]

Image of the Bengie's billboard

The first drive-in was opened in 1933 in New Jersey.[1] As of 2017, around 330 drive-in theaters were operating in the United States, down from a peak of around 4,000 in the late 1950s.[2] At least six are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).[NRHP] Notable U.S. examples include:

List of drive-in theatres in the United States
Name City State Founded Defunct Remarks Reference
66 Drive-In Carthage on U.S. Route 66 Missouri 1949 [NRHP] [3][4]
Bengie's Middle River Maryland 1956 [5]
Beverly Drive-In Theatre Forrest County Mississippi 1948 2010 [NRHP] [6]
Boulevard Drive-In Theater Allentown Pennsylvania 1949 1985 [7]
Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre & Diner Honor Michigan 1953 [8]
Cumberland Drive-In Newville Pennsylvania 1952 [9]
Family Drive-In Theatre Stephens City Virginia 1956 [10]
Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop Fort Lauderdale Florida 1963 14 screens [11]
Hull's Drive In Lexington Virginia 1950 [12]
Kanopolis Drive-in Theatre Kanopolis Kansas 1952 [13]
King Drive-In Russellville Alabama 1949 [14]
Mendon Twin Drive-In Mendon Massachusetts 1954 [15]
Midway Drive-In Sterling Illinois 1950 [16]
Midway Drive-In Ravenna Ohio 1955 [17]
Midway Drive-In Quitaque Texas 1955 2011 [18]
Moonlite Theatre Abingdon Virginia 1949 2013 [NRHP] [19]
Route 35 Drive-In Hazlet New Jersey 1956 1991 [20]
Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre Orefield Pennsylvania 1934 [21]
Silvermoon Drive-in Lakeland Florida 1948 [22]
Spud Drive-In Theater Driggs Idaho 1953 Features a giant potato [NRHP] [23]
Wellfleet Drive-In Theater Wellfleet Massachusetts 1957 [24]
Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater Trenton Georgia 2005 [25]

Media related to Drive-in theaters in the United States at Wikimedia Commons

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References[edit]

  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. Retrieved July 11, 2011.
  1. ^ Miriam Porter (April 11, 2016). "Visit these Canadian Drive In Theatres while you still can".
  2. ^ Leigh Lumford. "There Are 338 Drive-In Theaters Left in America — Here's Where to Find Them".
  3. ^ "66 Drive-In in Carthage, MO - Cinema Treasures". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  4. ^ Bleiberg, Larry (October 15, 2013). "10 great drive-in movie theaters". USA Today. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  5. ^ As of 2019, it is the only drive-in theater in Maryland and sports the largest movie screen in the United States.
  6. ^ "Beverly Drive-In burns to ground". Hattiesburgamerican.com. October 30, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  7. ^ Shope, Dan (June 26, 1998). "Nursing Home Planned For Drive-in Site". The Morning Call. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  8. ^ Ellison, Garret (September 12, 2013). "Cherry Bowl Drive-In Movie Theater in Honor Wins digital Projection System from Honda". MLive. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved September 23, 2013.
  9. ^ "Cumberland Drive-In Theater Enters Contest for Digital Projector". The Sentinel. August 19, 2013. Retrieved August 20, 2013.
  10. ^ Bradshaw, Vic (September 3, 2013). "At Family Drive-In, show goes on, and on, and on". The Winchester Star. Archived from the original on November 8, 2014. Retrieved November 8, 2014.
  11. ^ "Swap shop history". drive-ins.com.
  12. ^ Lamb, David (September 2, 2003). "Drive-In Theaters Flicker Back to Life". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 5, 2019.
  13. ^ Mowery-Denning, Linda (May 12, 2011), "Kanopolis Drive-in offers old-fashioned movie experience", Ellsworth County Independent-Reporter, Ellsworth, KS, 135 (38), p. A1,A5
  14. ^ Pounders, Vicki (April 20, 1989). "Russellville drive-in still going after 40 years". Times-Daily. Florence, AL: Tennessee Valley Printing Co. pp. 1A, 5A. Retrieved March 28, 2013.
  15. ^ Owen, Paula (March 16, 2014). "Phantom Gourmet brothers buy Mendon drive-in". Worcester Telegram.
  16. ^ "Down In Front". Filmsnobbery. Retrieved October 26, 2010. The first drive in theater to be opened in the state of Illinois is the Midway Drive In And Diner located in Sterling, Illinois, in 1950. The Midway is home to the oldest drive-in theater screen in Illinois, making it an official historical landmark. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  17. ^ Fredmonsky, Matt (May 4, 2009). "Midway Drive-In a unique treat". Record-Courier. Retrieved June 3, 2009. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |coauthors= (help)
  18. ^ "Midway Drive-In in Quitaque, TX - Cinema Treasures". cinematreasures.org.
  19. ^ "Virginia Landmarks Register". Virginia Department of Historic Resources. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  20. ^ "Route 35 Drive-In". Cinema Treasures. Cinema Treasures, LLC. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  21. ^ "Shankweiler's Drive In Theatre History". Shankweiler's Drive-In Theatre. Retrieved October 7, 2019.
  22. ^ "Silvermoon History". Silvermoon Drive-In. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
  23. ^ Horne, Rachel (May 19, 2011). "The Spud closes after 58 years". Teton Valley News. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  24. ^ Hughes, Holly; West, Larry (2008). Frommer's 500 Places to See Before They Disappear. Frommer's. p. 440. ISBN 978-0-470-18986-3. Retrieved November 2, 2010.
  25. ^ "Wilderness Outdoor Movie Theater in Trenton, GA - Cinema Treasures". Cinema Treasures. Retrieved October 7, 2019.

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