Drive-in Theaters; watching movies outside at the cottage
Drive-in theaters may seem like a thing of the
past but there are still enough drive-in movies showing across Ontario
to allow you to experience movies outside on a big screen at least
Drive-in movie theaters are concentrated in two spots; bigger cities
and cottage country, likely because they offer operators a chance to
make a profit in a relatively short season.
great spot for dating teens and young families on a budget you can
usually see two movies for a relatively inexpensive price. Not all
theaters are showing up to date movies but that can be part of the
charm of this dying breed of theater.
My memories of the drive-in go as far back as the sixties when as teens
we would sneak in as many friends as possible into the theaters. Back
then the drive-in was a popular venue for movies and they seemed to be
forward to the seventies and we were packing our own beer and big bags
of pop-corn. That summer we seemed to watch movies for free more than
we paid as we kept getting free vouchers because of the rain.
When our kids were little we used to take our station wagon and put
them to bed in the way back. Our son didn't always fall asleep but we
got a night out at the movies.
If you are looking for a drive-in movie theater in cottage country that
are still operating today check out the following areas.
Owen Sound Twin Drive (just south west of Owen Sound)
Barrie Triple Drive
Muskoka Drive in (Gravenhurst)
Midland Drive In
Port Bolster (Lake Simcoe)
Port Hope Drive In
Lindsay Twin Drive In
Grand Bend Starlite
There are of course locations across the GTA and in places like
London, but I think there is something more quaint about going to the
drive in at the cottage.