Back to the Drive-in

Anyone who harbors warm feelings about the drive-in movie experience should feel right at home.


Back to the Drive-in

When the pandemic hit, drive-ins were suddenly the only safe venue in town, with press coverage about how drive-ins are “back” and thriving.

But this documentary goes behind the headlines to learn the truth, spending a whole night with 11 very different drive-ins in eight states all over the country, from preparations before the customers arrive, to selling tickets, opening the snack bar, and getting the movie on screen, we discover these family-owned businesses are actually struggling to survive.

This doc is about authentic drive-ins and the passionate people who run them, but more broadly it highlights questions about the future of the theatrical experience, and the challenges of many small businesses wondering whether they will survive and make it to the other side of the pandemic.
Not Rated
Documentary, Pop Culture
April Wright
Dan Lybarger, Film Threat

April Wright’s documentary 'Back to the Drive-in' follows a series of drive-in proprietors across the United States as they try to keep their theaters going. If everyone’s least favorite virus has created a demand for the previously neglected venue, making a living from them is another story. One ...

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