With spring finally here in Northern Michigan, car owners far and wide are preparing for the driving season. A favorite past time, the drive in movie theater, grows more inviting as the weather continues to warm. The amount of these theaters have dwindled over the years due to advancing technologies and the economy, but thankfully there are still enough to make it difficult to choose only 10. Whether you live nearby or plan to travel, we recommend visiting these top 10 drive-in movie theaters:
1. Cherry Bowl Drive-In Theater and Diner in Honor, MI: Being the closest theater to home, this family owned drive-in holds a special place in our hearts. Driving through the gate takes you back to the fabulous 50’s. A concession stand in back serves various drinks, candies, soft pretzels and popcorn- including fresh homemade caramel corn. If you need something more filling, head in early to the diner for roasted chicken or a hand-tossed pizza, whole or by the slice- always made with the freshest, finest quality ingredients. While waiting for the movie features a playground, putt-putt golf, volleyball net and vintage memorabilia are available for entertainment. Always pet friendly; there is a dog run available along the side of the theater. Don’t forget to stop in concessions before and after the double-movie features to match your tickets up to the numbers on the board and win a prize.
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2. Shankweiler’s Drive-In Theater in Orefield, PA: Opened in 1934 and still playing movies for their 81st consecutive season, this is America’s oldest drive in-a survivor of the times. Shankweiler’s was the first drive-in to open in Pennsylvania, and the second to open in the entire United States. This family owned theater has updated sound and digital equipment, allowing for a surround sound effect and a clearer high definition picture. A snack bar offers items such as burgers, turkey or pork barbecue, beef brisket, nachos, soft pretzels, ice cream and other candies and snacks. A night at this theater is a night of history shared.
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3. Bengie’s All-American Drive-in of Baltimore, MD: The biggest screen in the country, measuring 52 feet high and 120 feet wide with a perfect picture, resides here at Bengie’s. Listen to their double feature (sometimes triple on Friday and Saturday nights) via your car radio with their state-of-the-art FM broadcast system. Support this drive in by feasting on their snack bar’s exceptional options such as meatball subs, burger, shrimp or vegetable rolls, all beef hot dogs, veggie wraps, fried mushrooms, onion rings, jalapeno poppers, pizza and pulled pork sandwiches, among others. Come for the food, stay for the movies, and leave with memories for years to come.
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4. 66 Drive-In of Carthage, MO: Just as the name says, this drive in is based off of the famous Route 66, making itself readily available for travelers driving the highway. You can’t miss the large retro neon sign listing the current movie showings as you drive by. A concession stand with mouthwatering hot dogs, chili dogs, polish dogs, BBQ sandwiches, nachos, popcorn, drinks and candy has been satisfying their customer’s bellies since 1949- and the double feature movie teamed with the food still makes for an affordable family night out to this day.
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5. The Swap Shop Drive-In of Ft. Lauderdale, FL: 14 screens make this drive-in the largest theater in the country, and it is combined with the largest daily flea market in the world. It is the second largest tourist attraction in Florida, just below Disney World. In 1963, it began as the Thunderbird Drive-In Theater with only one screen; still used today as screen number nine. In 1966 a flea market was added, and the drive-in only grew from there. In 1979 the enclosed food court was built, along with a stage which would later accommodate the circus and well known performers such as K.C. and the Sunshine Band, Willie Nelson, Laretta Lynn, and Three Dog Nights. The Swap Shop Drive-In continues to entertain millions of people each year.
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6. Starlight Six Drive-in of Atlanta, GA: The masters of the retro or classic art-deco style in drive-in theaters not only run double feature films on four different screens, but they also have held an annual Hot rod show referred to as the “Drive-In Invasion” since 1999. The event lasts three days with on-site camping, live music, cool cars, and off-beat classic movies. It has become quite a large event that now showcases local artists, organizations, vendors and family friendly activities. To add to the fun, you can bring your own portable grill and food to cook outside of your car before the movie.
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7. Ford Drive-In of Dearborn, MI: This is the only drive-in of the northwest that is opened seven days a week all season long. Thankfully, the Ford Drive-In offers in-car heaters during the colder months. Entering this Drive-in sends you back to the 1950s era, and offers five screens for maximum feature options. With a 3,000 car capacity it is one of the largest drive-ins in the world. If a movie scene isn’t tickling your fancy, or if you are bored during the intermission before the second featured movie, you are in luck as this theater is placed in a prime area for meteor showers.
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8. Blue Fox Drive-In of Oak Harbor, WA: Not only is this theater affordable as only $6.50 per ticket and $1.00 for children ages 5-10, age four and under free; but they frequently have specials on food such as 75 cent hot dogs and sodas. To add to the experience, before the movie you can go-kart around on their ¼ mile track or play in the arcade room- there’s no better way to bring yourself back to the 1950s.
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9. The Warwick Drive-In of Warwick, NY: Opened since 1950 and built on a park-like grassy setting on 11 acres of farmland, the Warwick Drive-In displays three movie screens for a larger variety of movie features. This particular theater is known for being a first-run theater, having the rights to play films on the same date as they are released. The bonus of being pet friendly makes this theater an ideal outing for the entire family.
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10. Galaxy Drive-In Theater of Ennis, TX: Although the Galaxy is a newer theater that opened in 2003, they still retain the authentic vintage feel with refurbished metal car speakers and two classic snack bars. A mini golf course adds to the before-movie entertainment, and the theater offers 6 screens to insure optimum movie selections. They are opened seven days a week, all season long for affordable double-feature entertainment.
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