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List of drive-in theaters

This is a list of drive-in theaters. A drive-in theater is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand and a large parking area for automobiles. Within this enclosed area, customers can view films from the privacy and comfort of their cars.

This list includes active and defunct drive-in theaters.

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About 330 drive-in theatres were established in Australia, following the Skyline, established in 1954 in Melbourne. Most have now closed and as of this writing (3.15.18), there are only 16 drive-in theaters that remain open in Australia. A list of currently open drive-ins in Australia and descriptions of each can be found at


As the same as in the United States, Canada's drive-ins peaked in the 1950's-1960's and have been in steep decline since then. As of this writing (3.15.18), there are about 40 remaining drive-in theaters located in Canada. A complete, and constantly updated list of remaining drive-ins by province in Canada can be found at

United StatesEdit

The entrance of Wellfleet Drive-In Theater in Wellfleet, Massachusetts, August 2008
In this 2006 USGS airphoto, the defunct Boulevard Drive-In Theater can still be seen in a pie-shaped lot.
Signage at the Moonlite Theatre, July 2013

The first drive-in was opened in 1933 in New Jersey.[1] In 2017 there exist about 330 operating drive-in theaters in the United States, down from a peak of about 4,000 in the late 1950’s.[2] At least six are listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Notable U.S. examples include:

During their peak in the 1950's, there were approximately 4000 drive-ins operating across the United States. The number of drive-ins started to decline steeply in the 1970's and has continued through today. Currently, there are approximately 330 remaining drive-ins in the United States. A complete, searchable list of remaining drive-ins can be found at

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Miriam Porter (April 11, 2016). "Visit these Canadian Drive In Theatres while you still can". 
  2. ^ Leigh Lumford. "There Are 338 Drive-In Theaters Left in America — Here's Where to Find Them". 
  3. ^ Courter, Barry (August 17, 2013). "Digital conversion may kill drive-in theaters". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  4. ^ Horne, Rachel (May 19, 2011). "The Spud closes after 58 years". Teton Valley News. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ Ellison, Garret (September 12, 2013). "Cherry Bowl Drive-In Movie Theater in Honor Wins digital Projection System from Honda". MLive. Booth Newspapers. Retrieved September 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Beverly Drive-In burns to ground". October 30, 2010. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  7. ^ "66 Drive-In, Carthage, Missouri". Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  8. ^ Bleiberg, Larry (October 15, 2013). "10 great drive-in movie theaters". USA Today. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  9. ^ Shope, Dan (June 26, 1998). "Nursing Home Planned For Drive-in Site". The Morning Call. Retrieved February 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ Brazos Drive In website; accessed August 6, 2014.

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