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    Cyburbian Plus
    Jun 2003

    NY Times article about drive-in movie theaters

    Like Many Before It, Drive-In Near Buffalo Reaches ‘The End’


    Drive-ins have been disappearing for decades, declining to about 400 today from a peak of more than 4,000 in 1958, largely because of rising property prices and changing movie-going habits. After today, there will be 30 or so scattered across New York State, two in Connecticut, and just one, the Delsea in Vineland, in all of New Jersey, the state where drive-ins were born in 1933.

    By the 1970s, however, theaters were being enveloped by the suburbs. Many owners sold to developers who coveted the theaters’ vast parking lots for shopping malls and housing divisions.

    “The land bought back in the 1950s and 1960s all of a sudden became an ideal spot for a Wal-Mart and Home Depot in the 1970s and 1980s,” said Jennifer Sherer Janisch, the chief executive of Drive-Ins.com, which tracks the industry. “As land prices skyrocketed, the feasibility of operating just at night didn’t make sense.”
    Are you old enought to have experienced one ? yes, but don't remeber what I watched.
    Do you still have a Drive-In Movie Theater near you ? yes but about 45 min away.
    Do you know what was built on any of the old sites in your fair community ? a 10 plex movie theater w/an IMAX; strip shopping center half empty.

    Very interesting website & database: http://www.drive-ins.com/dbsearch.htm

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    Cyburbian Fat Cat's avatar
    Nov 2006
    Rockwood, MI

    Fat Cat

    There is one in Flint, MI
    We went and you tune your radio to the number that they tell you
    We had a great time
    Would definitely it again

    There was one in the MI thumb area a few years ago and we went to that one also. Same MO for the radio
    Had a great time there also

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    We used to go to a drive in just outside Buffalo that had three screens arranged pinwheel style. That was a great night out even though we fell asleep before the movie ended. remember the playgrounds at the base of the screen?

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