Back to the ’60s: drive-in movies

Amidst the pandemic, drive-in theaters are making a comeback.


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Movie theaters are opening drive-ins. where you can enjoy going to the movies and stay safe in your car.

By Alison Arevalo, Staff Writer

Quarantine Boredom is real. 

Days begin to feel repetitive and we reminisce on the good ole’ days of going out with friends and family. Life before the pandemic feels like decades ago and entertainment options are running out.

However, we can continue one activity from pre quarantine: watching movies at a theater… in a car. Drive-in movie theaters are becoming, once again, increasingly popular under the pandemic circumstance. 

Theaters have opened drive-in movie theaters for people stuck in the quarantine blues to enjoy a movie outside of the home. The pandemic has been an opportunity to bring back the drive-in movie fad from the ’50s and ’60s. 

The Van Nuys Regency Theater opened a Drive-In movie theater. At the main entrance of the parking lot, each car is charged with $30 to enter the premises.

The Van Nuys- Plant Drive-In are open every day except Sundays. Since it’s October the theme is “Horror Movie Month.” The Plant Regency Theater has been playing spooky movies ranging from “ScreamFest” to “Friday Night.” 

Another local theater, The Electric Dusk Drive-In’s entrance tickets are $16 per person and another $10 for the car parking. Here, customers can use the restroom and are able to purchase snacks and beverages.

Adapting to the new lifestyle hasn’t been the easiest. Our primary source of entertainment has been our phones and laptops. Drive-In movie theaters are a refreshing way to enjoy a movie, outside of the home and experience the drive-in movies fad of the ’50s and ’60s.

List of drive-in movies in Los Angeles: 

Van Nuys Regency Theater:

7876 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91402

$30 per vehicle

The Electric Dusk Drive-In: 

Van de Kamp Bakery Building 2930 Fletcher Drive &, N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

$16 per person + $10 per vehicle

Vineland Drive-In:

443 Vineland Ave, City of Industry, CA 91746

$10 per person ages 9 & up

The Drive-in at Hotel Figueroa: 

818 James M Wood Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015

$40 per vehicle