I have never watched a movie in a drive-in movie theatre, but have seen many movies where people go to drive-in theatres, which looks like a fun experience I would want to try. In the 1950s, Canada has had over 250 drive-in theatres and they were the hottest ticket in town. In recent years, more than 4,000 drive-ins have gone dark across North America. It’s not too late share the joy of the drive-in movies with your family and friends at one Canada’s 50 remaining outdoor screens. Grab a blanket and catch a movie under the stars before summer ends or, add a stop on your fall road trip.
There are many perks to catching a flick in your own ride: you get to use your own sound system, enjoy comfortable seats, convenient cup holders, and there’s no walk to the car when it’s time to go home. They are also often reasonably priced since many drive-ins offer carload prices, which means you pay one flat rate no matter how many people are in your car. Some even offer a double feature.
Check out some of these drive-ins across the country:
- The 5 Drive-In in Oakville, ON has three screens and operates double features seven nights a week from April to October. In addition to their snack bar, they also have a classic diner and a volleyball court.
- The Twilight Drive-In in Langley, BC is Metro Vancouver’s only drive-in. They also host swap meets during the day (think flea market meets garage sale).
- Valley Drive-In in Cambridge, NS recently added new screen and is one of the most popular drive-ins in the Maritimes. It’s open on weekends from May through September.
- Saint-Eustache Drive-In in QC is Quebec’s largest drive-in, Saint-Eustache Drive-In has a capacity of 3,300 cars and boasts five large screens, a restaurant and arcade.
Put your car in park and remember to turn your headlights off (it’s the drive-in equivalent of texting at the movies) and don’t spill the popcorn because there is no one to clean it up afterward except you.
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