The drive-in movie theater, a place where I saw so many movies (and did a few other things) while sitting in my car, has for the most part given way to townhouse developments, strip malls and industrial parks. But there are still some left and they’re not that different than they were in the 60’s. Except that you now get the sound over an FM signal on your car radio so you don’t have to hang a speaker from your window and run the risk of forgetting to detach it before you pull out.
These photos are from the 65-year-old Warwick (N.Y.) Drive-In. It has three screens, the largest of which is 50 feet high and 70 feet wide, and sits in an open field behind a supermarket and a car dealer. You can still pay one price and watch a double feature. And you’re welcome to bring your dog. If you want to enjoy a nice weekend night here, come early. There will be nary a parking spot to be had by showtime.
The first drive-in was built in Camden, N.J., in 1933. There was at one time more than 4,000 of these theaters in the U.S. There are 368 left according to the United Drive-In Theater Owners Association. But that number is two more than last year, so maybe they’re on their way back.