Old-School Drive-Ins Theaters In The US

In 1933, when Richard Hollingshead opened the first-ever drive-in movie theatre in Camden, New Jersey, he had no idea he'd just developed one of the most popular pastimes in the United States. From family outings to intimate date nights, drive-in theatres became a staple recreation activity and a cultural symbol of Americana. So, if you're dying to reminisce and recreate old memories, here are the best drive-in theatres that offer a nostalgia packed punch.

Highway 21 Drive-In

Located in the appealing resort community of Beaufort, South Carolina, Highway 21 Drive-In will be sure to transport you back in time with its traditional drive-in setup. While its two big screens showcase the latest blockbuster films, audiences enjoy some old-school snacks, including corn dogs, burgers, funnel cakes, and root beer floats. What's more, there are plenty of toys and gadgets on sale for the kids to enjoy, from Glo bracelets and necklaces to collectible flash pops.

Wellfleet Drive-In Theatre

Trying to find the perfect fun date night spot? Well, if you're ever near Cape Cod, you won't want to miss the region's only drive-in theatre. But fair warning, movies might be the last thing on your mind once you catch a glimpse of Wellfleet's many other attractions. From its daytime flea market to the mini-golf course and dairy bar serving up all the tastiest soft serve flavors, a trip to Wellfleet is guaranteed to be one for the books.

66 Drive-In

For anyone whose ever driven down iconic Route 66, this Missouri drive-in theatre is bound to spark a whole host of memories. Located right on the highway, Route 66 Drive-In is the perfect spot to take a break and unwind from a long drive. But for those on a tight schedule, there are still some other Missouri drive-ins to check out, including the Barco Drive-In, the I-70 Drive Inn, and the Starlite.

Hull's Drive-In Theatre

One of only seven drive-in theatres left in Virginia, this Lexington-based classic first opened its doors in 1950. Although in 1998, as drive-ins declined in popularity, the theater ultimately closed. But the theatre resonated so strongly with the community that they raised funds to reopen and successfully did so in 2001. As the only non-profit community-owned drive-in in the United States, a visit to Hull is sure to be a special one. In addition to experiencing a healthy dose of old-school drive-in nostalgia, patrons also contribute to the Lexington community.