Summer is a perfect time to visit the Drive-In Movie Theater and if your lucky enough, there maybe one nearby for your enjoyment (I know I have a couple in the Toronto area).

Drive In Movie Theatre

For today’s Vintage Photo Tuesday we are going to enter the heyday of Drive-In Movie Theaters. So grab your popcorn (or snack of choice) and let the movie begin.

drive in movie theatre vintage image
Source: ABC News

June 6, 1933: First drive-in movie theater opens.

drive in movie theatre vintage image with cars

Comet Drive-In, Alabama 1949.

Comet Drive In Theatre 1949
Source: Drive-Ins.Com

An usher on a motorbike escorts a car to their spot at a theater in San Francisco, 1948.

drive in theatre 1948 San Francisco usher on a motorcycle
Source: Vintage Everyday

Hamilton Drive-In, Alabama featuring Silver River (1948) on the Big Screen.

Hamilton Drive in Theatre 1940s Alabama
Source: Drive-Ins.com

Silve River Movie 1948

May 1938, Cinemotor Theater in Los Angeles.

Cinemotor Theater in Los Angeles vintage image 1938
Source: ABC News

drive in theatre vintage advertisement

Sky.way Drive-In, Windsor Ontario Canada.

sky way drive in theatre windsor ontario vintage image
Source: windsor then windsor now

1950s

drive in movie theatre

Duke City Drive-In, Albuquerque.

duke City Drive In Albuquerque vintage image

Olympic Drive-In Theater, West Los Angeles, CA. Such a great sign!

Olympic Drive-In Theater, West Los Angeles, CA
Source: Pinterest

Snack time! Snack bar at Orange Drive-In.

orange drive in snack bar vintage image
Source: Pinterest

Historic picture of the Marquee Mural on the Mission Drive-In.

Historic picture of the Marquee Mural on the Mission Drive-In
Source: Rivard Report

Cars were not the only thing you could sit in to watch a movie, swings were also a popular choice. Seen here in the mini-playground at the Rancho Drive-In Theater, San Francisco, 1948.

vintage drive in theatre image people on swings 1948
Source: Vintage Everyday

Snuggle up close to the one you love. 1949, LA.

drive in movie theatre 1949 LA vintage image
Source: Tumblr

 

Question time! Do you have a drive-in theater near you? If so is it a vintage one, or more modern? Any good memories to share of your time at the Drive-In? Share in the comments below.

Liz

8 comments on “Vintage Photo Tuesday: The Drive-In Movie Theatre”

  1. SO much fun when I was a kid. At my hometown driven in North Battleford, Saskatchewan, there was a playground beside the screen so the kids could play until the movie started. The PA system would give a five-minute warning so the kids could scramble back to their cars in time.

  2. Oh, I wish we had drive-in movie theatres over here. There was the odd one in the UK in the 1950s/60s but they didn’t last. I think the problem is the weather is so unpredictable here, so you could go to see a film at it would be lovely and warm and then half an hour later it would raining and freezing cold! Oh the joys of British weather! xx

  3. I love love love this post. I absolutely adore drive inns but havent been to one since i was a kid since the closest one to our current home is over an hour a way too far to travel for a movie they must bring these back

    • I’m still super surprised by this! If you ever come over to North America make sure you try and get to one. You will need to rent a car though or know someone who does. I have a car! Come visit Toronto 🙂

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