Drive-in Movie Theaters: Are They Making a Comeback?

Drive-in Movie Theaters: Are They Making a Comeback?

While there were several attempts at “outdoor theaters” previously, the first “official” drive-in movie theater wasn’t opened to the public until June 6, 1933, in Camden, NJ. By 1940, there were over 40 drive-ins coast to coast which exploded to over 4,000 nationally in the 1960s.

Drive-in movie theaters became popular for several reasons. Parents could pack up the kids in pajamas and have a night out. Families could enjoy a movie together, without a crying baby annoying other viewers. Drive-in movie theater admissions were often priced “by the car” and were a terrific family value. Drive-in movies were also a great place for couples to get some alone time in the comfort of their own car.

Drive-ins had it all. They had slight hills that would raise your vehicle to an appropriate viewing height. They had relatively inexpensive refreshments (you could also pack your own). Drive-in movie theaters also had personal speakers, restrooms and frequently featured multiple, first-run movies.

In the 1970s, the popularity of drive-in movies began to wane for many reasons. Most blame the introduction of Daylight Savings Time, which pushed back movie start times considerably. VHS tapes were also introduced at this time and increasing gas prices discouraged the use of cars. Increasing land values also made using large swaths of land for drive-in movies impractical.

The decline was rapid, and today, less than 350 drive-in movie theaters are operating. That has actually dropped about 100 from the year 2000. With the COVID-19 pandemic however, is there a possibility drive-in movie theaters could make a comeback?

Some movie theaters have installed exterior screens to turn free standing traditional movie theaters into drive-ins. Using low power FM transmitters, these theaters transmit quality audio right to customers cars. While customers can appreciate the “social distancing” aspects of these modern drive-in movie theaters, the costs of operation remains a challenge for owners.

First-run movies are expensive to show. The space needed for a drive-in movie theater is significant. There’s the issue of staffing and restrooms to contend with. Plus movie theaters make a significant amount of money from concessions that drive-in customers could avoid by bringing them in themselves.

While there may be a renewed interest in drive-in movie theaters, it is unlikely they will make a significant comeback. If you can, support one of the remaining theaters that may be in your region and relive some terrific memories of the past. You just may create some new ones.

We research the best insurance so you don't have to.

Leave a Comment





Why Coin Collecting Is Still A Terrific and Educational Hobby for Kids

October 30, 2020

Why You Should Have an Annual Business Insurance Review

October 29, 2020

The Two Biggest Factors That Make Life Insurance Rates Increase

October 28, 2020

The Great Recreational Vehicle Revival

October 27, 2020

Want to Add Value to Your Home? Consider Upgrading Your Landscaping

October 26, 2020

Weird Stuff You May Not Know About Grocery Shopping

October 23, 2020

Tapping Into The Genius of Your Staff to Make Your Business Better

October 22, 2020

Life Insurance: Buy What You Can Afford

October 21, 2020

The 10% Rule: Should You Drop Your Comprehensive & Collision Insurance?

October 20, 2020

This Biggest Cause of House Fires May Surprise You

October 19, 2020

The Benefits of Downsizing Your Household

October 16, 2020

Five Cost-Effective Marketing Ideas for a Small Business

October 15, 2020

Why an Independent Agent is Your Best Option for Life Insurance Quotes

October 14, 2020

Six Common Sense Tips to Make Your Home Safer and More Secure

October 12, 2020

Seven Steps You Can Take Today to Gain Control of Your Household Budget

October 9, 2020

Five Facts About Small Business Insurance Most Aren’t Aware Of

October 8, 2020

Getting Married? Now’s a Good Time to Consider Life Insurance

October 7, 2020

Drivers Aside, Our Highways Are Getting Safer

October 6, 2020

The Five Most Common Home Insurance Liability Claims

October 5, 2020

8 Upgrades to Help You Sell Your Home Faster for More $

October 2, 2020

Why You Need Business Insurance Even if You Rent Your Business Space

October 1, 2020

Why Life Insurance Should Be a Fundamental Part of Your Financial Plan

September 30, 2020

The Ten Most Frequent Causes of Automobile Accidents

September 29, 2020

The Good, Bad and Ugly of Renting

September 28, 2020

Whatever Happened to These Rock Stars?

September 25, 2020

Etsy and Ebay and Work From Home Businesses

September 24, 2020

“Do Women Live Longer Than Men?” and Answers to other Other Life Insurance Questions

September 23, 2020

How States Determine If You Have Car Insurance

September 22, 2020

Are You Asking the Right Questions About Homeowners Insurance?

September 21, 2020

Smartphones: How and How Much We Use Them May Surprise You

September 18, 2020

Own a Rental? You May Need Business Insurance

September 17, 2020

What is Decreasing Term Life Insurance?

September 16, 2020

How States Determine If You Have Car Insurance

September 15, 2020

One of the Best Buys in Loss Prevention: Renters Insurance

September 14, 2020

Seven Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep

September 11, 2020

Checking for Financial “Leaks” at Your Business

September 10, 2020

Three Ways Life Insurance May Help Pay For College

September 9, 2020

Is Your Car Insurance Company Aware You are Driving for a Food Delivery or Ride Sharing Service?

September 8, 2020

Dangerous Items You Don’t See Around Homes Much Anymore

September 7, 2020

How Average Are You? Compare With This 12 Point Checklist

September 4, 2020

Think Twice Before Cutting Back on Business Insurance

September 3, 2020

Life Insurance as a Gift

September 2, 2020

What You Should Know About High-Risk Car Insurance

September 1, 2020

Whatever Happened to Backyard Diving Boards?

August 31, 2020

Some Very Common and Unique City Names in the United States

August 28, 2020

Protecting the Electronic and Digital Assets of Your Business

August 27, 2020

What it Takes to Qualify as a Beneficiary

August 26, 2020

Unusual DUI Cases That May Leave You Shaking Your Head

August 25, 2020

Homeowners Insurance When You Live Near Water

August 24, 2020

Gambling in America: Bet You Didn’t Know This

August 21, 2020

Why Your Bank May Require Business Insurance to Secure a Commercial Loan

August 20, 2020

Unique Benefits of Life Insurance You May Not Be Aware Of

August 19, 2020

Some Eye Opening Auto Accident Statistics

August 18, 2020

Why Maintenance is an Integral Part of Your Agreement with Your Homeowners’ Insurance Company

August 17, 2020

Drive-in Movie Theaters: Are They Making a Comeback?

August 14, 2020

Own a Bricks and Mortar Business? Look Out for These Liability Risks

August 13, 2020

What You May Need to Know About Filing a Life Insurance Claim

August 12, 2020

Can You Guess the Earliest, Widely-Used Car Safety Features?

August 11, 2020

When Your Hobby Turns into an Insurable Collection

August 10, 2020

Do You Remember These “One Hit Wonders?”

August 7, 2020

Contact Us

-CONTACT US

OUR LOCATION

Have A Question?

We have an answer. Call us at 1-559-447-1747

2037 W. Bullard Ave., #276 Fresno, CA 93711

1-559-447-1747
CA License #0E05573

© Copyright 2020 McKinley Insurance Services  |   All Rights Reserved
Site by ICA Agency Alliance

2037 W. Bullard Ave., #276 Fresno, CA 93711
1-559-447-1747
CA License #0E05573

© Copyright 2020 McKinley Insurance Services  |   All Rights Reserved
Site by ICA Agency Alliance