From their heyday in the 50s to their closing in the 70s, drive-ins were a great way to watch a movie, or hang out with friends.
I remember dad taking us as little kids to see such classics as One Million Years BC with the fabulous Raquel Welch, or The Magnificent Seven with Clint Eastwood on those big outdoor screens.
In fifth grade, there was a drive-in across from school. During after-class activities (can’t recall if it was cub scouts or violin lessons) you could stand on the sidewalk and watch the movie.
Later on as a teenager I visited, with a few of my friends, at least three more drive-ins. We would sneak in thru broken fences, hide in the trunk of a car… what days! We rarely, if ever, paid to see any movie, but that’s another story…
They’re now almost all but abandoned or disappeared. Below is a defunct theater in Bayamon, PR.
But, there’s still over 380 operating in the US. Here’s Bengies Drive-In Theater near Baltimore, operating for nearly 60 years.
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