Find a Drive In Movie Theater Near You – And Go! Shout Out to

If you’ve used Google today you probably have seen their Google Doodle video homage to the Drive In movie theatre, which was “invented” 79 years ago today, in New Jersey.

If you haven’t…”Let Me Google That For You” 🙂

Now that you’re inspired to go to the drive-in this weekend, you’re probably wondering where the closest one to you is? Well I hope that someday Retro Roadmap will be the place you can check that out, but for now I’ll give you a tip:

When they say they’re the definitive source for Drive In information, they’re not kidding.

Their handy database search function to make it easy peasy to find out where there’s a drive in near you!

Like I totally just found out that there are still 30 Drive Ins in the state of PA alone. (Road trip! Can I get a Kickstarter going so I can visit every Drive In in Pennsylvania ;-)?)

While I personally want every single drive-in movie theatre in the country to be listed on Retro Roadmap, we’ve only been to a couple of ’em – even the 2nd oldest Drive In Movie Theatre in The Country – Shankeweiler’s in Orefield PA just up the street from us.

Shankweiler's Drive In Entrance Neon(We saw the last Toy Story movie here, and I totally was bawling like a baby at the end. So Glad we were in the privacy of the Retro Roadmobile!)

I’m sure is being deluged with hits today, but don’t let that stop you from using it to find out how close you are to a Drive In movie theatre, and then going there! Already there are a couplea states with no Drive Ins at all (boo, Delaware) and New Jersey – the birthplace of the Drive In – only has ONE! (The Delsea Drive in in Vineland) – so do your part to make sure your local area Drive In sticks around (and isn’t replaced by a CVS, like the Hi-Way DI)

So while you can read all about our adventures about our Retro Roadmap visits to Drive Ins, do yourself a favor and get on and then out under the stars watching a movie!

And now, on to tonight’s feature presentation! 🙂


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  • Jen
    June 6, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    Believe it or not, when we lived in West Virginia, we had TWO drive-ins within a 20-minute drive, and we patronized them when there was a movie worth seeing (sadly, not very often, but a fine handful!): The Hilltop in WV (complete with a bumper crop of lightning bugs) and the Winter Drive-In in Wintersville, Ohio. Believe it or not, Hubby had never BEEN to a drive-in prior to our visits; I was lucky enough to have gone to the big one on Gratiot in Michigan several times before it was replaced by a strip mall (what else?).

    They sure are great places. The nice weather is a great reason to get out and enjoy a movie outside!

    • Mod Betty
      June 6, 2012 at 9:34 pm

      Wow, Jen – that is so cool that you had your choice! Glad you “edumacated” Hubs on the wonders of Drive Ins too. Speaking of bumper crop of fireflies, we just spent the last few hours working in our yard, and our reward was a show by a bunch of ’em. Tis the season for all sorts of fun outdoor activities!

  • Mr. Modtomic
    June 7, 2012 at 3:01 am

    We done been twice this season to the Skyview in Belleville Il. (near St. Louis Mo.). We go about 10 or 12 times a year and try to patronize it whenever we can. We saw a double feature of Avengers and John Carter earlier this season and just a few nights ago was watched a double of Battleship and MIB3. All first run movies and at 10 per person, a real bargain!

    • Mod Betty
      June 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

      Yet another reason I’m glad to be Internet Pals with you Mr. ModT! We haven’t been once, but I’ve got some plans! Glad you’re taking advantage of the cool vintage places near you and keeping ’em in business 🙂

  • Jen
    June 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    Oh, the Skyview in IL has a nifty sign right there in front of the grain elevator (if it’s the one I’m thinking of‚Äîshot it a couple of years ago). Drive-ins are definitely made for blockbusters , adventure, westerns, and sci-fi. I can’t imagine seeing a drama at a drive-in, I have to say…!

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