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]


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
In this 2006 USGS airphoto, the defunct Boulevard Drive-In Theater can still be seen in a pie-shaped lot.
Signage at the Moonlite Theatre, July 2013

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

See also[edit]


  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, Carthage, Missouri". Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  4. ^ Bleiberg, Larry (October 15, 2013). "10 great drive-in movie theaters". USA Today. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  5. ^ "Beverly Drive-In burns to ground". October 30, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2014.
  6. ^ Shope, Dan (June 26, 1998). "Nursing Home Planned For Drive-in Site". The Morning Call. Retrieved February 28, 2013.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Horne, Rachel (May 19, 2011). "The Spud closes after 58 years". Teton Valley News. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  9. ^ Courter, Barry (August 17, 2013). "Digital conversion may kill drive-in theaters". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved June 12, 2014.

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