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Drive-in Theaters

Drive-in Theaters

Date: Feb 24 2006


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Drive-in movie theaters are a nostalgic reminder of life in America in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The number of drive-in theaters across the U.S. peaked at about 4,000, and their numbers have been dwindling ever since.

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Dave:  When I was a kid, our family tradition in the summertime was to go to the drive-in movies.

Didi:  Oh.

Dave:  Every single weekend we’d go to the drive-in.

Didi:  Oh, fun.

Dave:  Have you been to the drive-in?

Didi:  Only once or twice, and it was with a family friend. My parents didn’t go.

Dave:  Okay.

Didi:  So, I just barely remember it.

Dave:  Yeah.

Didi:  In fact, I think I fell asleep in the back, which was intended. The parents wanted to go to the movies, and they stuck us in the back and gave us a sleeping bag and said goodnight.

Dave:  That’s what was great about it, as a kid. We’d go outside, sit in front of the car with our sleeping bags and watch the movies. But you always fall asleep because they play from, what? They start at 9:00 and go until 1:00 in the morning.

Didi:  Mm hm.

Dave:  Because they usually do three movies.

Didi:  I wonder why they don’t have them anymore?

Dave:  I don’t know why. I think they’re great.

Didi:  I wonder why. I really do. People love their cars.



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Drive-ins peaked in popularity in the “Nifty Fifties.” However, they quickly developed a reputation as “passion pits” because young people would use the theaters to hook up with their boyfriends or girlfriends. There are only a few hundred drive-in theaters left in the U.S., but if you have the opportunity you should definitely check one out.

Here is a site that lists the remaining drive-in theaters.

Drive-in Theaters



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not bad-

03:40 AM Feb 26 2006 |

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