For many, the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the the word "drive-in" is a 1950's car with two young teenagers watching a black and white movie. It is true that drive-ins reached the peak of their popularity in the 50's and 60's but they still exist today and many people still use them.
For those looking for a different dating experience a drive-in may be a fun dating option. Many of the remaining older drive ins have been renovated and new drive-ins have actually been built in both rural areas and major cities. Today's drive-ins offer the traditional popcorn and snacks, but many offer full scale meals; creating a brand new twist on the "dinner and a movie" experience.
There are several sites that list most of the drive-ins in the US. The most popular (and up to date) site is Drive-Ins.com. This site contains a very accurate database of the currently operational drive-ins across the country along with a database of photographs submitted by patrons and fans.
Another helpful site is DriveInMovie.com. The site is the oldest site on the Internet dedicated to the history of drive in movies as well as the maintenance of an up-to-date catalog of the currently operating theaters.
During the heyday of drive-ins there were more than 4,000 theaters spread across the US. Today the number is closer to 400, but while many of the older theaters have closed there are many that have recently been renovated and several new drive-ins have been built. In California there are over 20 drive-in theaters, with several of them located in San Francisco, San Diego and the Los Angeles area.
If you want to take a more direct approach to finding a drive-in theatre near you use your favorite iPhone app to locate a facility or simply do a Google search by typing "drive in movies into the search box and use Google Maps:
One of several drive-ins in Northern California (400 nationwide)
(West Wind Theaters - San Rafael, CA)
The first drive in movie theatre opened in 1933. The cost was 25 cents for the car and 25 cents for each person.
During their height of popularity in the 50’s and 60’s there were more than 4,000 drive-ins across the United States.
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