Once upon a time, drive-ins were everywhere in America. Now, it’s rare to see one, and most people have never had a drive-in movie experience. What happened to the drive-in?
At peak saturation in the late 1950s and early 1960s, there were over 4,000 drive-in movie theaters in America. While city folk caught movies at the cinema down the street, hundreds and thousands of people living in rural areas went to the drive-in. It was a cheap, fun way to catch a movie.
Today, however, there are fewer than 300 drive-in theaters left in the U.S. The video below takes a look at the rise and fall of the automotive-centered movie experience.
Feeling nostalgic for the drive-in? Hit up Google and search for one near you. While they’re not as numerous as they were in the mid-20th century, there are still a surprising number of them hanging on across America.