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.
About 330 drive-in theatres were established in Australia, following the Skyline, established in 1954 in Melbourne.
The first drive-in was opened in 1933 in New Jersey. 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. At least six are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP).[NRHP] Notable U.S. examples include:
Media related to Drive-in theaters in the United States at Wikimedia Commons
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
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- As of 2019, it is the only drive-in theater in Maryland and sports the largest movie screen in the United States.
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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:
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- "Silvermoon History". Silvermoon Drive-In. Retrieved October 29, 2010.
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