In all the miles we have traveled back and forth across America I can probably count on one hand, maybe two, the number of drive-in theaters I've seen along the roads. This is not taking into account if they are still operating or not. This one in South Dakota was still in operation, but only during like May through September I think it was. I can't recall as this was 3 years ago. But got me to thinking while putting together this post - just how many are there left out there? Well a quick internet search I found as of June 2014 there were 338. One year earlier, June of 2013 there were 357.
So we lost 19 in one year.
But wait! Another source reveals that in July 2014 there were 348. So they built ten in one month! They are coming back...NOT. Yet Wikipedia does mention a resurgence in what are called guerrilla drive-ins. You'll have to look it up.
Nevertheless I am grateful for having lived in a time when drive-in movie theaters were in abundance and we went to them all the time. I suspect many of you have memories of drive-ins. I feel sad for the later generations who will never know how it was to watch a movie from inside your automobile with a speaker hanging inside from the window. Remember having to start the car to run the heater so to get warm? And then there was the run to the snack-bar in between movies and wandering around with your arms full of popcorn, sodas, boxes of candy and trying to locate your car?