There Are 338 Drive-In Theaters Left in America — Here’s Where to Find Them

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I can practically hear The National flowing through the car speakers of America’s youth on their way down the highway to the most wholesome way to spend a Friday night. The drive-in is about as American as it gets. We love our cars and going to the movies is the standard fallback plan every weekend. However, many of these beloved outdoor screens are in constant peril of closing, reopening, and closing again.

This summer, many theaters will be showcasing a live stream Jimmy Buffet concert, which in 2014 doesn’t seem to fit, but does the drive-in belong in the age of iPads and 3-D printing? The biggest event to happen to the drive-in industry, switching to digital, is advertised on dated websites with glittery backdrops that remind you of an early America Online profile. So why do we go? Why fight to keep these relics open? Because the drive-in’s quaint nature is no more than it advertises. In its simplicity, affordable tickets bring communities together on sticky summer nights and that’s a rarity today. Whether you go to the Starlite, Sky Vue Twin, or the pun-tastic Field of Scenes, the drive-in will give you a few hours of uncomplicated, buffering-free entertainment, so why not?

Click on your state for a full list of drive-ins near you:

AlabamaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming

Alabama (9)

Arizona (1)

Arkansas (3)

California (17)

Colorado (7)

Connecticut (3)

Florida (7)

Georgia (5)

Hawaii (1)

Idaho (7)

Illinois (11)

Indiana (20)

Iowa (4)

Kansas (5)

Kentucky (11)

Louisiana (1)

Maine (5)

Maryland (1)

Massachusetts (3)

Michigan (10)

Minnesota (6)

Mississippi (1)

Missouri (11)

Montana (2)

Nebraska (2)

Nevada (2)

New Hampshire (4)

New Jersey (1)

New Mexico (2)

New York (27)

North Carolina (5)

Ohio (28)

Oklahoma (6)

Oregon (4)

Pennsylvania (27)

Rhode Island (1)

South Carolina (3)


South Dakota (6)

Tennessee (14)

Texas (17)

Utah (5)

Vermont (3)

Virginia (7)

Washington (5)

West Virginia (6)

Wisconsin (11)

Wyoming (1)