Readers Choice: 7 Retro Drive-In Theaters

Posted Apr 14th 2011 07:30 AMUpdated Apr 14th 2011 03:28 PM

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You spoke, we listened. AOL Travel's post on the nation's coolest retro drive-in theaters got so many comments from readers that we're doing it once more...with your picks. Loyal (and opinionated) readers from across the country wrote in what they think we missed--from spots in places from Massachusetts to California. So here goes: Seven more delightfully old-school drive-in theaters worth a visit, as suggested by you.





Mendon Drive-In
, Mendon, Massachusetts

The Mendon Drive-In has been open since 1954, with its current owners running the show since 1987. Originally only a one screen theater, the Mendon gained a second in 1998 and its capacity was increased to 800. Open rain or shine, movies are screened Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
35 Milford St., Mendon, MA; 508-473-4958

Van Buren Drive-In, Riverside, California
Built on the site of a former orange farm, the Van Buren Drive-In opened in 1964. Over the years, it saw a few changes: Three screens added in 1975, remodeling in 2006 and even a new image in 2007 (to reflect the area's history, it adopted an "old California orange ranch" theme). Movies are shown Wednesday through Sunday nights. And, on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, the Van Buren is the site of a swap meet.
3505 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside, CA; 951-688-2360

Dixie Twin Drive-In, Dayton, Ohio
The 1950s are still alive at Ohio's Dixie Twin theater, open seasonally. First-run movies are shown Friday and Saturday nights on two large screens, and the lot can accommodate up to 900 cars. The theater is also open on Sunday mornings when it transforms into a flea market.
6201 N Dixie Dr, Dayton, OH; 937-890-5513

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Capri Drive-In, Coldwater, Michigan
The single screen Capri Drive-In, with a 1,000 car capacity, opened in 1964. Its name was chosen through a contest, the winner of which got a brand new sewing machine. (My how incentives have changed.) Now with two screens, the theater shows movies on Friday and Saturday nights. According to the Capri, its concession stand often rates as one of the best in operation. But that's a discussion for the comments section below.
119 W Chicago Rd., Coldwater, MI; 517-278-5628

Starlite Drive-In, Amelia, Ohio
The Starlite Drive-In has been entertaining southwest Ohio moviegoers for more than 60 years. Keeping it really old school, the Starlite features only one screen and shows classic drive-in cartoons during intermission. Movies are shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.
2255 State Route Ohio-125, Amelia, OH; 513-734-400

Tiger Drive-In, Tiger, Georgia
Originally opened in 1954, the Tiger Drive-In shut down in the mid 1980s due to waning viewership. But, luckily for the Tiger and sentimentalists in Georgia, the original owners' daughter reopened the theater in 2004 – in time for its golden anniversary. Now, movies are shown Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Tiger has also played host to events like flea markets, vegetable markets, antique car shows and art festivals.
2956 Old US Highway 441 South, Tiger, GA; 706-782-1611

Sunset Drive-In, Burlington, Vermont
One of the oldest theaters on the list, the Sunset Drive-In opened in 1948. Movies are shown nightly on four screens. The Sunset also features a playground and mini golf for those who just can't be cooped up in the car. Or, for those who can, Wi-Fi is also available.
Porters Point Road, Colchester, VT; 802-862-1800


Check out our original list: "Bro, Go Retro at These 7 Drive-In Theaters"



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rmt

The Showboat Drive-In in Hockley, TX (just outside of Houston), 2 screens and double features and only $5.00!!

July 13 2011 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bdogg

The Showboat Drive-In in Hockley, TX (just outside of Houston), 2 screens and double features and only $5.00!!

May 05 2011 at 9:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donna

Sorry, didn't mean to holler!!

April 24 2011 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Donna

PLEASE ADD THE PLEASANT VALLEY DRIVE-IN THEATER IN PLEASANT VALLEY CONNECTICUT. ONE OF THE OLDEST AND SMALLEST (OPENED IN 1947 AND HOLDS 250 CARS) ALL ORIGINAL BUILDINGS, PROJECTORS AND INTERMISSION REELS. OPEN THURS THRU SUNDAY. ITS LIKE TAKING A STEP BACK IN TIME.

April 24 2011 at 5:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris Utley

Van Buren in Riverside is nice. Mission Tiki in Montclair is BETTER!!! It's probably the only Tiki centric drive-in in the country!

April 23 2011 at 3:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Diane Marie

You missed The Rustic Drive-in in Woonsocket, RI

April 21 2011 at 9:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
klayton888

You missed the Rodeo 3 Drive-in theater in Port Orchard, Washington (sometimes listed as being in Bremerton). They have 3 screens, great projection (picture & sound are excellent), great food, and a full playground for the kids!

April 19 2011 at 11:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
panic!13

The Transit Drive-In in Lockport, NY has been open since 1957, has 4 screens, making it the biggest in New York State, and is very successful. It's open everyday during the summer, showing first run movies paired with slighty older movies. It has a nice consession stand and miniature golf as well.

April 18 2011 at 10:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela W

You missed the one in Greenville, NY.

April 18 2011 at 4:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pamela W

You missed the one in Greenville, NY

April 18 2011 at 4:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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