Grateful for the Few Remaining Drive-Ins!

It’s remained an annual tradition with my family of five. With 22 yr. old twins and a 20 yr. old (along with 10 others we invited this summer), we again drove over an hour to our favorite drive-in for a night of family fun. It’s something that we all look forward to and it never gets old.

Over the years, we have brought the kids friends, our friends, and whoever happened to be around our house during the summers.  Coolers packed, popcorn popped and boxes of candy fill our vehicles!

It’s quite a drive, but the views on the way are beautiful farm lands.

Back in the 1950’s, there were around 4,000 drive-ins around the country. Today, only 330 remain open.

Although you can see I took a photo of the lot full of car stand speakers, the majority of drive-ins now use FM radio to broadcast sound. We use the radio but still enjoy hearing the speakers too!

We were early enough this year that I could photograph the screen and parking lot while still empty, but the place fills up quickly. The crowded lots give me hope that this cool summer activity will remain around for a few more years.

Interested in drive-in fun facts and history? Check out this site that I used for the few facts presented in this post:

25 thoughts on “Grateful for the Few Remaining Drive-Ins!

  1. David C White August 8, 2019 / 11:01 pm

    I miss the days of drive in”s. O.ur took us many times in the 1960’s and 70’s It was a fun time in life.

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    • Mama Duck July 19, 2019 / 5:36 pm

      Hahaha! It’s a fun night out!


    • Mama Duck July 17, 2019 / 7:24 am

      We only go once a summer but like you said, it’s always fun!

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  2. Michelle July 16, 2019 / 11:20 am

    We used to go to the drive-in all the time when I was little. I loved it! There’s a Walmart there now. 😔 We were lucky enough to be able to take our daughter to one further away before they shut it down. I wish they’d bring them back!

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    • Mama Duck July 17, 2019 / 7:23 am

      I’m sure she will remember that one time you went to the drive in…such a neat thing to do with kids. I doubt they’ll bring them back, which is a bummer!

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  3. murisopsis July 15, 2019 / 11:52 pm

    Our Drive-in closed about 10 years ago… I don’t think there is one anywhere near by. I remember piling into the back of the family station wagon with a huge grocery bag of popcorn and all of us kids in our pajamas… it was always a good time.

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    • Mama Duck July 17, 2019 / 7:21 am

      Such wonderful memories you have! I hope to continue the tradition with grandchildren someday!


  4. Book Club Mom July 15, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    Sounds fun! Glad you have one semi-near you and that you have built a family tradition around the drive-in!

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    • Mama Duck July 15, 2019 / 10:46 pm

      Thanks! It’s a fun-filled summer night for everyone!

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  5. anne leueen July 15, 2019 / 8:40 pm

    I remember drive ins from when I was a teenager. It was so much fun.

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  6. Mama's Empty Nest July 15, 2019 / 9:47 am

    I have so many fun memories of going to the drive-in as a kid and taking my own children when they were small. But alas, drive-ins are few and far between. You’re lucky to have one within driving distance. 🙂

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    • Mama Duck July 15, 2019 / 1:13 pm

      We are fortunate. It’s a fun place with games, golf, a full restaurant, etc. so lots to do making it worth the drive!


  7. JanBeek July 15, 2019 / 9:14 am

    Ah, yes! I am old enough to have enjoyed many a teenage evening at the drive-in! Thanks for the memories. 👍🏽❤️

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    • Mama Duck July 15, 2019 / 1:11 pm

      I started going to the drive-in as an adult with my family! I don’t recall going when I was a child. Glad it brought you good memories!

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  8. gaillovesgod July 15, 2019 / 5:30 am

    I love drive thrus! We use to have a few of them. Awesome date nights and family nights.
    God loves you mama duck!

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    • Mama Duck July 15, 2019 / 8:14 am

      They really are a fun family summer activity! Thank you and God bless you too!😊

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      • gaillovesgod July 15, 2019 / 8:28 pm

        They really are. We use to go hours early with a picnic, frisbees, etc.

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