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This is a list of drive-in theaters that are currently in operation.

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A Drive-in with a 100ft wide inflatable movie screen (AIRSCREEN) in the center of Brussels/Belgium


Surviving drive-ins in CanadaEdit

British ColumbiaEdit

ManitobaEdit

New BrunswickEdit

  • The Sussex Drive-In in Sussex

Nova ScotiaEdit

OntarioEdit

Prince Edward Island Edit

QuebecEdit

Saskatchewan Edit

Surviving drive-ins in the United StatesEdit

This is a partial list of drive-in theaters currently operating in the U.S. As of this writing (12/1/08), there are no known open drive-ins in the states of Alaska, Delaware or Louisiana

AlabamaEdit

  • The Blue Moon Drive-In in Gu-Win
Operates two screens. Both usually show double-features.
Opened May 23, 1997. Single drive-in screen accompanied by five newly-constructed indoor theatres. Second drive-in screen demolished in 2005 to make room for the indoor theatres.

ArizonaEdit

ArkansasEdit

CaliforniaEdit

ColoradoEdit

Operates two screens; both screens show double-features (four movies total)
Operates three screens; each screen shows double-features (six movies total)
Combination of drive-in theater and motel; also known as Best Western Movie Manor. Operates two screens
Despite having two screens, only one has been in use since 1997
  • The TruVu Drivein in Delta

ConnecticutEdit

Operates three screens; all screens show double-features of movies currently in wide release. Movies are shown from spring into fall on weekends, and every day of the week during the summer season.


FloridaEdit

Opened November 22, 1963 - 13 screens; now known as the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop for its flea market[6]
site of the Lake Worth Swap Shop and Drive-in[6]

GeorgiaEdit

Only Drive-In in south Georgia[7]

HawaiiEdit

Opened in 2003. Shows features once a month on Saturday nights[11]

IdahoEdit

Did not open for the 2008 season, future uncertain
Did not open for the 2008 season, future uncertain

IllinoisEdit

IndianaEdit

Indiana has retained a remarkable number of its drive-ins, due largely to it being one of the last states in the Union to adopt Daylight Saving Time, in 2006.
Operates two screens; both screens show double-features, typically first-run movies (four movies total)
Operates five screens; all screens show double-features (ten movies total)
Operates two screens; both screens show double-features (four movies total)

IowaEdit

KansasEdit

Opened June 30, 1950. 1 screen, serving 750 cars with 600 speakers that still work. Became the world's first "digital drive-in" in 1999 with the addition of a DTS system.

KentuckyEdit

Two screens showing separate double features.
The original screen was destroyed by a tornado in 1996. The new screen is considerably smaller than the original.
Single screen. The name comes from its location between what were originally two landmark hills on Highway 127.

MaineEdit

MarylandEdit

MassachusettsEdit

MichiganEdit

Opened in 1964 by John Magocs. Operates two screens; both screens show double-features (four movies total).
A temporary facility with roll-up fabric screens situated in a parking lot.
Opened in 1953. Operates one screen; shows double-features (two movies total)
Opened in 1961. Operates one screen; shows double-features (two movies total)
Opened in 1950. Operates nine screens; all screens show double-features (eighteen movies total). Claims to be the largest drive in in the United States[12]
Opened in 1949. Operates four screens; all screens show double-features (eight movies total)
The oldest drive-in in Michigan, opened in 1947. Operates one screen; shows double-features (two movies total)
Opened in 1948. Operates one screen; shows double-features (two movies total)
Opened in 1952. Operates two screens; both screens show double-features (four movies total)
Owner Lou Warrington passed away on February 18. The Warrington family is working on a five-year lease for new management to operate it.

MinnesotaEdit

MississippiEdit

on W. Quitman St.

MissouriEdit

Is the newest Drive-IN in MO that opened in 2004.
Operating 4 screens.
Operating 2 screens.

MontanaEdit

NebraskaEdit

NevadaEdit

Five screens, serving 950 cars. Opened on January 7, 1966.

New HampshireEdit

Operating 2 screens.
4 Screens

New JerseyEdit

New Jersey was the birthstate of the drive-in movie theater
Reopened in 2004; New Jersey's first open drive-in in over a decade

New MexicoEdit

Two screens; open weekends from April to September
Three screens; opened in 1990
Single screen; open weekends May to September

New YorkEdit

Currently closed as the owners have moved to Maine. Drive-in is now for sale; see website
Double features on weekdays, triple features on weekends
Four screens, close to Buffalo and Niagara Falls, features playground for kids, free wi-fi internet, and miniature golf
Double features nightly

North CarolinaEdit

Original owner deceased, now under new management.

North DakotaEdit

OhioEdit

Second oldest continuously operating drive-in theater in the world
Closed for several years during the 1990s
Four simultaneously running screens and capacity for 1,000 cars. Originally opened October 1, 1969 with only one large screen. It closed for several years during the 1990's. A second screen was added during the late 70's. The third and fourth screens were added just during the last couple of years.

OklahomaEdit

  • The Admiral Twin Drive In Theatre Tulsa
Opened 5/21/51 as a single screen theatre named the Modernaire, was twinned in 53 and renamed the Admiral Twin. Built by local Businessman L.E. Snider, First Feature was "Oh Suzanna" starring Chill Wills. Was later owned By General Cinema Corp. and is now owned by a local family named Blake.

OregonEdit

Open seasonally since August 1953, last active drive-in cinema in the Portland metropolitan area
Open since 1953, it has the biggest screen in Oregon (90' wide).

PennsylvaniaEdit

Opened as Route 45 Drive-In on August 27, 1940
Opened as Ficks Drive-In (after original owner Isadore J. Ficks) on April 25, 1949. In recent years, the original box office was recovered and now sits inside the entranceway to the drive-in.
Opened June 6, 1950. Four screens. The original lot and lot #2 still have speakers
Opened June 19, 1947 as Ruthorn Drive-In. Owner's family ran several drive-ins in the Greater Pittsburgh area from the 60's to the 90's. All are now defunct.
Operates two screens; both screens show double-features (four movies total)
Opened as Carrolltown Drive-In on June 15, 1950
  • The Hi-Way Drive-In in Latrobe (Opened August 7, 1948)
  • The Kane Road Drive-In in Hopewell
Opened 1954. Maintains a very nostalgic look with old Coca-Cola and Sprite signs for the marquee and entranceway. Snack bar includes candy machines from the 1940's. Only operating drive-in in Beaver County at this point.
Opened as Cuppie's Drive-In on June 29, 1947. Only operating drive-in in Washington County at this point.
Opened as Harvest Moon Drive-In in 1954. Also formerly known as Port Drive-In
Originally opened as Lee's Woodland Drive-In on May 6, 1949. Closed in late 70's and reopened April 4, 1995 as Galaxy Drive-In. Ownership changed after 2004 season and renamed Riverside.
The second drive-in theater ever built. Opened April 15, 1934
Originally opened June 8, 1950 and operated until 1996. In 2007, the Twin Hi-Way Drive-In was given a complete restoration job and reopened on July 3 that year. Located on an original stretch on the Lincoln Highway (formerly designated as U.S. 22/U.S. 30, hence the name of the drive-in. Now designated as PA Route 60). A second screen has just been constructed opposite of the original screen.

Rhode IslandEdit

Opened July 3, 1951. Operates three screens; all screens show double-features of first-run films. (six movies total)

South CarolinaEdit

Also known as "The Big Mo"

South DakotaEdit

Tennessee[13][14]Edit

Projection room and concession stands heavily damaged by fire in March 2007; theater had no interruption of service and continues to operate.
Reopening under new ownership in 2009
Constructed and began operations in 2003. Second screen added in 2005.
Operates three screens. Each screen shows a double-feature (six movies total). Previously had four screens, but screen #2 burned down in 2007 and was not replaced
One mile from the Bristol Motor Speedway. Screen goes dark on racing weekends, when the drive-in lot is converted to a campground for visiting race fans.

TexasEdit

Opened 2004. Has four screens, each showing a double-feature, operates 364 days a year, show times @9:00pm.
Opened September 11, 1955, closed in 1984 and reopened in 2002
Reopened. Opened as Starlite in 2005, renamed Litestar but closed the following year

UtahEdit

VermontEdit

VirginiaEdit

WashingtonEdit

Built in 1971, Drive-In Theatre has a 50'x 100' screen with FM stereo sound and 700 parking stalls. The Drive-in operates from May - mid September.
Open since 1949, family owned, 3 screens, digital sound.
5 screens in operation, 6th screen remains damaged after windstorm.

West VirginiaEdit

The snack bar includes 2 pool tables and eating area w/road frontage
Opened August 31, 1947. Includes carports in the front rows and Sunset Diner in front of the theater

WisconsinEdit

WyomingEdit

  • American Dream Drive-In in Powell

Surviving drive-ins in IndiaEdit

Ahmedabad,GujaratEdit

The largest screen in Asia, can room about 665 cars with more than 6000 people can enjoy watching movie at a time. Started on September 6th 1973, Covered sitting facility attracts people who don't own cars as well..

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. "Hillsborough movie theater quirks and perks". St. Petersburg Times. http://www.sptimes.com/News/021501/Weekend/Hillsborough_movie_th.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  3. "DRIVE-IN STAYS AS COUNTY DEAL FADES TO BLACK". The Palm Beach Post. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=PBPB&p_theme=pbpb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0F4DF02B74AA35D6&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
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  5. "At 75, drive-in movies still draw fans". Gmanews.tv. http://www.gmanews.tv/story/127114/At-75-drive-in-movies-still-draw-fans. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 "STARGAZING". The Miami Herald. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=MH&s_site=miami&p_multi=MH&p_theme=realcities&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0F426D095B44CA43&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Drive in, put it in park". The Red and Black. http://media.www.redandblack.com/media/storage/paper871/news/2001/01/25/Variety/Drive.In.Put.It.In.Park-2595884.shtml. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  8. "REEL ALTERNATIVES". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. http://moreresults.factiva.com/results/index/index.aspx?ref=ATJC000020040903e0930000h. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  9. "A drive back in time Screens at historic Tiger drive-in flicker back to life tonigh". http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=AT&p_theme=at&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=101DE8C4A2B94A4E&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  10. "Wilderness Outdoor Theater thrive-in' on family fun.". Chattanooga Times. http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-31736140_ITM. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  11. "Return of the drive-in". Starbulletin. http://archives.starbulletin.com/2005/06/05/news/story6.html. Retrieved 2009-04-21. 
  12. Hall, Jon (1999-10-29). "A big-screen revival: After many dark years, drive-ins are on the road back". Boston Globe. http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=BG&p_theme=bg&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=0EADDDF80AD9A620&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM. Retrieved 2008-10-14. 
  13. http://www.driveinmovie.com/TN.htm
  14. http://www.driveintheater.com/list/tennesse.htm

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