Where Have All the Drive-Ins Gone?

Ah, nostalgia. After last month’s online poll, we became aware that a large number of us appear to be hankering to revisit one of the things of our teen years where – how can we put this –learning other than school subjects may well have occurred. The drive-in theatre!

So, we were on a mission and located a fantastic resource on the internet (where else?) at a site called www.drive-ins.com (of course!) Kudos to whoever worked diligently to come up with all of the (few) remaining drive-in theatres across the fruited plains of our fair country.

Here is a random sample of some drive-ins which are (we believe) still open. Why not pay them a visit in your classic and take in a show?

  • Blue Sky Twin-Drive-in, Wisconsin Dells, WI, open May–Sept.
  • Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theatre, Honor, MI, open May–Sept.
  • Delsea Drive-In. Vineland, NJ, (Jersey’s only drive-in!)
  • Higgins Moonlite Drive-In, Woodbury , TN , open all year
  • Lynn Auto Theatre, Strasburg , OH , open April–Oct. (“2nd oldest continuously operating drive-in and oldest in Ohio ”)
  • Rubidoux Drive-In, Riverside , CA , open all year
  • Showboat Drive-In Theatre, Hockley , Texas , opens Mar. 31 (new for 2006!)
  • Sky Vue Drive-In, New Castle , IN , open May–Sept.
  • StarDust, Watertown, TN
  • Weirs Drive-In, Weirs Beach, NH

There are still a few drive-ins along what is left of historic Route 66. Here is a sampling:

  • Skyline Drive-In, Barstow , CA , open all year
  • Route 66 Drive-In, Springfield , IL , May–Sept.
  • 66 Drive-In, Carthage , MO , Apr–Oct.

“So who’s for going to the snack bar for a Coke, buttered popcorn and a bar-b-que beef sandwich before the cartoons start? Hey, you guys! You can get outta the trunk now!”

Glenn Arlt

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