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Down In Front – The Thunderbird Drive In And Swap Shop

A trend of adding other services on the same grounds and making a full “entertainment complex” seems to have developed somewhere in the 1960’s to the present at many drive in movie theaters. Such is the case with The Thunderbird Drive In and Swap Shop located in Lauderhill, Florida (just outside of Fort Lauderdale). Not […]

Down In Front – It’s The Atmosphere

I remember the very first movie I ever saw in a movie theater. I was 6 years old and the movie was E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial. I have been in love with movies and movie theaters ever since. There is just something about movie theaters that makes seeing a movie that much more exciting. So, […]

Down In Front – Hollywood Forever

Have you ever thought that the theater you were viewing your movie in just didn’t have the right atmosphere? Did you ever stop and think, “Hey, this film is great but it would be super fine if I could watch it as it is projected onto the wall of a mausoleum amongst the graves of […]

Down In Front – Al Ringling Theatre

The Al Ringling theatre was in fact owned by Al of the Ringling Brothers Circus. He picked the Rapp and Rapp architectural firm of Chicago to design the theatre in the French Renaissance style. It was meant to be the one of the largest and finest theaters in Baraboo, Wisconsin. It opened its grand opera […]

Down In Front – Hull’s Drive In

I have a confession to make. I did not even know that there are still drive in theaters in my beautiful home state of Virginia. Apparently, there are ten active drive in theaters there in all! To my credit, however, none of them are in the Hampton Roads area where I was born and lived […]

Down In Front – The Lynn Auto Theatre

The Lynn Auto Theatre, located in Strasburg, Ohio, has been in continuous operation since 1937. Not only is it the oldest drive in theater in Ohio, it holds the honor of being the second oldest drive in theater in the world. Built at the junction of State Routes 21 and 250 just northwest of Strasburg […]

Down In Front – Amusement Park Drive In

What do you think you can expect from Amusement Park Drive In located in Billings, Montana? A sewing shop? No. A tap shoe repair? Wrong again. A fantastic and amazing flying trapeze artists of the world showcase? Not even close. Did you guess an amusement park AND a drive in? Do you know what I […]

Down In Front – Two Year Anniversary!

Two years ago, I was offered a job to write my own column and was out of my mind excited about it. I still feel that way today. After a massive overhaul here at FilmSnobbery.com, I can finally post and say, Thank you. Thank you for all of the articles you have read. Thank you […]

Down In Front – The Midway Drive In And Diner

The first drive in theater to be opened in the state of Illinois is The Midway Drive In And Diner located in Sterling, Illinois in 1950. The Midway is home to the oldest drive in theater screen in Illinois, making it an official historical landmark. The Midway received a complete renovation in 2007 when it […]

Down In Front – The Bengies Drive In

Owner of the largest movie theater screen on the East Coast, The Bengies Drive In Theater in Middle River just outside of Baltimore, Maryland opened for business on June 6, 1956 and has been in continuous operation ever since. It was built by Hank Vogel from Jack Vogel’s design and was intended to remain in […]

Down In Front – Shankweiler’s Drive In

In Orefield, PA, Wilson Shankweiler built and opened the first drive in theater in Pennsylvania, which was only the second drive in built in America, on April 15, 1934. Shankweiler’s Drive In has been in continuous operation for over 75 years! By 1948, car speakers with accompanying speaker poles were installed on the grounds and […]

Down In Front – Wellfleet Drive In

Now the only surviving drive in theater left in Cape Cod, the Wellfleet Drive In opened on July 3, 1957 on Route 6 in Wellfleet, Massachusetts. Original owners John Jentz and Charlie Zehnder operated the drive in until 1998. The theater is now run by two long time employees who wanted to keep the tradition […]