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Movie Night?

Drive-In Theatres Are A Great Option

Drive-In movies have been around since 1915 when the first known drive-in theatre was opened in Las Cruces, New Mexico, namely ” Theatre de Guadalupe”.  The drive-in theatre became popular in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with around 4,000 drive-ins across the United States. There are approximately 348 drive-ins in the U.S.

There seems to be a misconception and lack of awareness of drive-ins which has led to a decline in the number of drive-ins open around the world. However, despite the decline in the number of drive-ins operating, the ones that are still open have people flooding in to watch movies. Have you seen the long lines at your local drive-in? Well, drive-in typically offers the latest movies on opening night and beyond has offered by their pricier counterparts (Regal and AMC Cinemas).

Regular movie ticket prices average at $11.65 per adults, $8.68 per senior and $8.47 per child plus tax. Not to mention ticket prices are always on the rise, and special effects like 3D or Imax cost you more. This is why most people opt to stay home to “Netflix and chill,” but really how many new options can you find on Netflix? Its good to enjoy different scenery once in a while. Being outdoors makes a difference and can refresh the body and mind.

In contrast, drive-in ticket prices are reasonably lower. The Thunderbird Drive-in Theatres price tickets at $7 per adult, $2 per child (5-11), and children up to four years old get free admission. The savings are profound and prices haven’t changed for years now.  Furthermore, an additional advantage of going to drive-ins versus a regular movie theatre is that you get to sit in the comfort of your car or lawn chair instead of a nasty chair God knows who has sat in… Eww!

In addition, you can position your car in the best view by dropping the top or backing up your jeep. The next best thing is you can gauge the audio of the movie on your car’s radio or your phone for your convenience. Another great perk is that you don’t have to stand in long lines for snacks if you don’t want to, in that, there are carts that will drive up to serve you a variety of delicious treats.

Moreover, a drive-in theatre is not just for couples date nights but great for carrying young children or indulging in a movie by yourself. Being a mom, I realized it’s difficult and annoying to bring young children to a regular theatre but found reassurance in taking my daughter to drive-in theatres where it is less likely for her antics to disturb other moviegoers. My entire family enjoys our frequent outings to our local drive-in theatre and I recommend to experience it at least once. I’m heading to the drive-in this weekend to see Crazy Rich Asians!

There are optional showtimes and movie selections for your choosing, so next time if you are looking for a more inexpensive and relaxing movie night check out your local drive-in theatre.

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