Drive-In Week: Vintage Photos of Drive-In Theaters


As I mentioned the other day, I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format. 

One of the deepest charms of the drive-in experience is the nostalgia. When you’re sitting in a drive-in, let’s say watching Dawn of the Planet of the Apes in your Prius, you’re taking part in an experience that someone else had in 1968 sitting in a VW Beetle watching the original Planet of the Apes. It’s evocative of a time gone past- the eras in which your parents, and your parents’ parents saw their own versions of a summer movie smash. You’re parked in the same spot, enjoying the same atmosphere, as a family of four from 1950. There’s a lot to be said for that. In honor of that nostalgia, here are some vintage photos of drive-ins.


01 Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon in a scene from Beach Blanket Bingo, shown at a drive-in movie theater in Florida, 1965


10 Gilmore Island, Los Angeles, 1949











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7 responses to “Drive-In Week: Vintage Photos of Drive-In Theaters

  1. Pingback: “Let’s All Go to the Lobby!” A Look at Drive-In Intermission Bumpers | Anti-Film School

  2. Wonderful pictures! I wish I could live in that time.

  3. Back in the 70s, my parents used to take us to the drive-in. Man that was fun. I saw The Sting in the back seat of my dad’s station wagon, listening through that tinny speaker mounted on the window. Wow, times have changed. Thanks for these great memories!

  4. ggbuzz11

    Ahh yes! I am old enough to remember when drive-ins where very popular. They could be updated so that instead of those clunky wired speakers folks could log-in to say an iPhone app that plays the movie audio. The audience could even comment and share about the move.

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