Nothing offers up more built-in social distancing, more nostalgia or just a pure slice of Americana than the once pervasive drive-in movie theater that’s gaining a resurgence in today’s social distancing climate as America begins opening up again.
There are hundreds of theaters nationwide, more precisely there are perhaps only 305 theaters in the United States with a total of 549 screens, according to the United Drive-in Theater Owner Association.
CNN and The Washington Post have written about this resurgence, and even Food & Wine reports that “Restaurants Are Turning Their Parking Lots into Drive-In Movie Theaters… It’s the perfect socially-distanced outing.”
A Brief History of the Drive-In Movie Theater
In 1933 that Richard Hollingshead opened the first theater Camden, New Jersey. A year passed when Shankweiler built a second in Orefields, Pennsylvania (and, it’s still open today), but it wasn’t until the 1950s that the idea really resonated with rural America. By 1958, the number of drive-ins peaked at 4,063.
Six Drive-In Movie Theaters Nearby Pond Mountain Inn
Glen Drive-In Theatre: (since 1958) Queensbury, New York, 518.792.0023
Malta Drive-In Theatre: (since1949) Malta, New York, 518.587.6077
Hathaway’s Twin Drive-In Theater: (since 1948) North Hoosick, New York, 318.374.8346
Bethel Drive-In: Bethel, Vermont, 802.728.3740
Sunset Drive-In: (since 1948) Colchester, Vermont, 802.862.1800
Fairlee Drive-in Theatre: (since 1950) Fairlee, Vermont, 802.333.9192
The Fairlee Drive-In is only 1 of 2 drive-ins in the United States that also runs a motel on the same premises. All 12 motel rooms have a view of the drive-in with a large picture window and a speaker allowing motel guests to watch the movies from their rooms.
Take a look at the full List of Drive-In Movie Theaters in the United States
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