No, this is not a parody article -- Moviefone didn't turn into the Onion while you were sleeping. Believe it or not, there actually are drive-ins that still exist, and they may even be in your neck of the woods! That's why we decided to put together a semi-comprehensive guide of some of the best drive-ins across the country (there are, according to Drive-ins.com, 370 still in existence). Now, we realize that not all drive-in experiences end happily. Just ask John Travolta in 'Grease' when Olivia Newton John stranded him there (although to be fair, Zuko was trying to put the moves on poor innocent Sandy, so maybe he got what he deserved). However, that doesn't mean that you have to suffer a similarly bad time. For instance, in the new film 'Warrior,' there's a heartwarming scene where a group of students rent out a drive-in theater to watch their teacher (Joel Edgerton), an MMA fighter, take on his brother (Tom Hardy) -- this after the kids were banned from using the school's auditorium to screen the fight. If you want to add a little something to your standard movie theater-going experience (whether that be watching a regular film or two fighters beat the living crap out of each other), check out our guide below.
Drive-In Theaters Near New York City...
Warwick Drive-In Theater
BIO: Only a 90-minute drive from New York City, the Warwick was originally built in 1950 on five acres of land. It now features two screens on 11 acres and a concessions stand.
LOCATED: 5 Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, New York, 10990CONTACT: (845)-986-4440
Overlook Drive-In Theater
BIO: Originally built in 1955 on 12 acres, the Overlook features the largest screen in the tri-state area (six stories tall). Roughly one hour and 45 minutes from New York City.
LOCATED: 126 Degarmo Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
CONTACT: (845)-452-3445 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Drive-In Theaters Near Atlanta...
BIO: The theater first opened in 1949 as the Starlight Drive-In Theater. In 1982, it was upgraded to four screens, and in 1985 it built two more, making it the Starlight Six. It has a capacity of 1,255 cars.
LOCATED: 2000 Moreland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316
CONTACT: (404)-627-5786 or email@example.comWEBSITE: www.starlightdrivein.com
Swan Drive-In Theater
BIO: A 100-minute drive from the city of Atlanta, the single-screen Swan was constructed in 1955 and has a capacity of 500 cars.
LOCATED: 651 Summit Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513
Drive-In Theaters near Los Angeles...
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theater
BIO: Opened in 1956, The Mission started as a single-screen theater, eventually expanding to four screens in 1975 before being renamed and refurbished in 2006. The theater is just a 40-minute drive from Los Angeles.
LOCATED: 10798 Ramona Ave., Montclair, CA 91763
Rubidoux Drive-In Theater
BIO: Just an hour from Los Angeles, this theater was opened in November 1948 with a single screen. In 1983, two more screens were added.LOCATED: 3770 Opal Street, Riverside, CA 92509
Drive-In Theaters near Chicago...
BIO: Founded in 1956 and located 75 minutes from Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana, this theater features one screen that can hold 428 cars.
LOCATED: 675 N. Calumet Ave. (Old S.R. 49), Valparaiso, IN 46383
CONTACT: (219)-462-6122 or Info@49erDriveIn.com
Cascade Outdoor Theater
BIO: The Cascade Outdoor theater was opened in 1952 and has a capacity of 1,200 cars for its single screen.
LOCATED: 28 W. 741 North Avenue, West Chicago, IL 60185
Drive-In Theaters near Houston...
The Showboat Drive-In Theater
BIO: Just 38 miles from Houston, the Showboat Drive-In is not your typical vintage theater -- basically because it's not vintage at all. It opened in 2006, added a second screen in 2007 and has a total capacity for 800 cars (400 at each screen).
LOCATED: 22422 FM 2920 Rd., Hockley, TX 77447
Drive-In Theaters near Denver...
88 Drive-In Theater
BIO: Just 20 minutes from Denver, this theater has one screen which can accommodate 500 cars.
LOCATED: 8780 Rosemary Street, Commerce City, CO 80022
CONTACT: (303)-287-7717 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Twin Drive-In Theater
BIO: Just an hour and twenty minutes from Denver, the Holiday Twin opened in 1968 towards the end of the drive-in craze, and added a second screen in 1976.
LOCATED: 2206 South Overland Trail, Fort Collins, CO 80526
CONTACT: (970)-221-1244 or email@example.com
Drive in Theaters near Seattle...
Valley 6 Drive-In Theater
BIO: Just a thirty-minute drive from Seattle, the Valley 6 Drive-In Theater opened in 1968. They added two more screens in 1972 and three more in 1980. The six screens at this theater can hold a total of 3,000 cars.
LOCATED: 401 49th Street N. E., Auburn, WA 98002
Rodeo Triplex Drive-In Theater
BIO: Opened in 1949, this theater has three screens and total car capacity of over 850. It is a 70-minute drive from Seattle.
LOCATED: 7369 State Highway 3 SW, Port Orchard, WA 98367
CONTACT: (360)-698-6030 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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