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The Good Ol’ Days of Movies and Mosquitoes

from Architecture Digest

The 25 Most Charming Drive-In Movie Theaters Left in America

Forget Netflix, of the roughly 350 remaining drive-in theaters in the U.S., these establishments are quintessential Americana

By Kristine Hansen

red car by fence with blue skies
Photo: Courtesy of Finger Lakes Drive-In

When it comes to midcentury design, boomerang tables and walnut credenzas get all the love. But what about drive-in movie theaters? Although many succumbed to the popularity of indoor cinemas, followed by the rise of Netflix, about 350 remain in operation today, a steep dive from the 4,000 or so that once served as after-dark entertainment during summer. One is even opening in Nashville in next month or so: the August Moon Drive-In, a re-creation of a 1960s drive-in—complete with burgers, shakes, and classic cars—as well as the largest non-IMAX theater in the country. From New York’s Hudson Valley to Southern California, here are 25 of the most charming from coast to coast, folding in ambiance and décor from a bygone era (complete with vintage cars). Bring a soft blanket, lawn chairs, and bug spray, plus some cash for popcorn, and you’ve got all the goods for the perfect summer evening.

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Posted on March 25, 2021 by Editor

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