My information on most of these drive-ins is old information. I have no way of knowing if a drive-in is still closed, has reopened, or just closed. So, if you arrive there and its closed or open, I’m not responsible. You could check the open drive-in web site listings I have. But its possible their web site is down, and they are still open. This is in response to several form mails from upset people who found an open or closed Drive-In, when I said it was the opposite.
I am slowly downloading the maps and photos from MSR maps and placing them on my site. Since the maps and aerial photos were made by the US Geologic Survery, a US Government bureau, using tax dollars, the downloads are free. Of course, if you go to the USGS, and you want an actual map, they sell them via various disribution methods. Its all explained on their USGS site
I’m getting some of the Drive-In names from Driveintheater.com. Note that I have found some of the Drive-In names there to be in former towns, that have now merged with other towns. The Don Drive-In in Edgewater Park, MS is an example. Its now part of Biloxi and the Edgewater Shopping Mall is now located there. This is due to changes in city limits, maps, etc. and is not the fault of the folks at Driveintheater.com.
Where are the street adresses for the open Drive-Ins ? At Driveintheater.com
The rest of the names and towns/cities are coming from the sites on my link page and your suggestions.
If you have any info, locations, how many cars the drive-in could hold, years of operation, type of projectors, etc. please let me know. Thanks ! (The form allows a maximum of 3 rows of 60 columns each.)
If you need more space than the form page allows, just use that to contact me, and I’ll give you an email address you can use to reach me. Non-Drive-In related info cheerfully deleted.
I have found some aerial photos on Terraserver for some of these sites. I found it easier to look up a drive-in on the topo maps, then do the aerial photos. Less in the way and landmarks are easier to spot.
I have found some Drive-Ins on maps in large cities. If you find any I haven’t found, just form mail me the map link and I’ll look at it. I’ll include them on my pages. For a few I’ve located mailing addresses for, I have been able to find many of those using city maps, which helps find them on the topo maps and aerial photos. I have found that sometimes the topo maps and maps.yahoo show a different location for a Drive-In location with a street address. I’ve noted where this happens.
On my pages ‘topo’ at the end of a Drive-In link is a topographic map I located at MSR Maps. On my pages ‘photo’ at the end of a Drive-In link is a United States Geodetic Survey aerial photo of an area. Note that not all towns and cities have aerial photos of that area, or there might be partial coverage of the maps or partial coverage of the photos.
If you see a listing that says ‘Here is the town’, that means I could not find the Drive-In located there.
NOTE: I do my best to be accurate, but I do make mistakes. If you know that a Drive-In is open, and I show it as closed, please let me know using my form page.
Before calling a Drive-In on the telephone, make certain its still open !
Just because the phone number is still in use, doesn’t mean the Drive-In is open.
Someone else may have the new phone number, and they don’t work at or own a Drive-In.
Most telephone companies in the United States reuse a telephone number after it has been out of use for 18 months.
NOTE: My sources may have a Drive-In listed as open. ‘This one is open !’ But I may not be able to find it, or it may show as closed. Drive-Ins are reopening in various places, so the aerial photos may show the site while it was closed. It could be open. But I suggest contacting someone in that area before you travel. I’m not responsible if its closed or shut down when you get there.
I can accept photos, but you have to send me an email giving me permission to post them to my site. Its for the Terms of Service requirements of my provider. I don’t have a scanner, so I wont accept photos of the Drive-Ins that are not already scanned by you. If you want to email me some Drive-In experiences please do. Please keep it clean. I’ll put them on separate pages, with your first name and the name of the Drive-In with a link to it from the Drive-In page for that Drive-In. If you want to use a nickname, instead of your real name, thats fine.
Oh, why did I get started in this ? Why, because of an upsurge in my nostalgia after looking at Road Side Peek !