At the height of their popularity in the 1950s, more than 4,000 Drive-In movie theatres illuminated America’s night sky. Today, fewer than 350 survive. The purpose of the Stars and Screens project is to document the hold-outs and to tell their stories.
In the summer of 2019, I’m heading off on a journey to visit as many drive-in movie theatres as possible. Along the way, I’ll interview drive-in owners, enthusiasts, and average Americans who still load up the family car on a Saturday night to watch a movie under the stars. The trip is expected to take over a year.
The owner of the Ocala Drive-in, John Watzke told me, “If you go to a walk-in, it’s a movie—if you go to a drive-in, it’s a memory.” With hundreds of drive-ins and thousands of miles ahead of me, I expect to create many memories. If you want to be a part of the journey, follow the S&S Blog and social media accounts.