: To celebrate the Drive-In's 75th birthday
, we asked readers to submit their favorite drive-in photos
from around the country. The now-dwindling venues have come to represent an American era of coveted cars and mesmerizing movies. Click through to see our favorite reader-submitted drive-in photos, from California to New Jersey.
Starlite Drive-In, El Monte, California
Submitted by MJ Seitz Vega
"Starlite Drive-In is just outside of Los Angeles. Taken March 2008. Nikon FM-10 with Kodak film. The Starlite has been closed for some time. The space now hosts a swap meet several days a week."
: Winchester Drive-In
Submitted by Anthony Ross
"This drive-in is located in Oklahoma City. Since I am not from there, I'm not sure if it is still standing."
: Apache Drive-In Theater
Submitted by R. Svirskas
"The Apache Drive-In Theater in Globe, Arizona. It's the last single-screen in the state."
: Ford-Wyoming Drive-In, Detroit
Submitted by Jim Rees
"The main theater is five screens; this annex is four. By some measures, this is the largest drive-in theater in the United States. To get this shot, I waited until the end of the movie (note the credits) when they turn on the poacher lights."
: Delsea Drive-In, Vineland, New Jersey
Submitted by Maggie Stewart
"Camden was Jersey's first drive-in and this is the state's last. The Delsea Drive-In is one screen at the edge of Pine Barrens, out mostly in the middle of nowhere. Cars park on a sandy unpaved lot and tune in to movie soundtracks via their radios. Every night is at least a double feature."
: Downhill Racer
Submitted by Calum Davidson
"Each year, the little Scottish Highland town of Cromarty hosts the world's smallest film festival, and the parking lot of the local shop is transformed into a drive-in theatre, for four cars ... This shot shows the haunting documentary Downhill Racer about the famous Highland Fairground -- aka shows -- family the Herchers. Shown projected onto the wall of Ferro Cottage as part of the Cromarty Film Festival."
: Haar's Drive-In (and Flea Market)
Submitted by Phinehas
"Located in Dillsburg, Pennsylvania, Haar's has nearly gone out of business more than once in the past couple of years thanks to its being built on a coveted piece of land. But for the time being, one can still drive by and smell the popcorn from the concessions or go whole-hog and grab a double feature."
: Movie Manor Inn, Monte Vista, Colorado
Submitted by Aaron
"The Kelloff's Best Western Movie Manor is an American treasure in Monte Vista, Colorado. Snug up against the Sangre de Cristos Mountains, the Movie Manor is a motel, restaurant and drive-in. There are big picture-windows in the motel rooms, which are piped for sound, so you can enjoy the feature from your room!"
: Valley Drive-In, McAllen, Texas
Submitted by Kevin Trotman
"Taken in 1997 in McAllen, Texas. I hear it was torn down and a truck dealership stands there now."
: Waiting for the Sun to Go Down
Submitted by Danh Hoang
"This drive-in is located in Amarillo, Texas, along the Dumas Highway (U.S. Highway 287). Before the double feature begins, people gather around the park as a social event. Kids are playing on the playground that is set up in front of the screen. The smell of popcorn in the air and the sound of laughter is a timeless event in West Texas."
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