If you’re looking for a classic drive-in movie theater experience, this is your spot. Paramount Drive-In first opened back in 1947 and operated as a drive-in theater until 1992, when it turned into a swap meet. But the area returned to its roots in recent years, opening with two new 75-foot screens and digital projection. There’s a full snack bar, but you can also bring in food and drink—though no alcoholic beverages are allowed. You’ll see some people watching from inside their cars while others bring chairs and watch from the bed of their truck—no matter your preference, it’s always a good time.
Looking for a fun date idea? Travel back to a time when going to a movie was a major Friday night activity and enough to land you a second date. We’re not talking about the local multiplex or even some of the newer dine-in theaters that have popped up—we’re talking about drive-in theaters.
Yes, they still exist—as many of us were reminded these past couple of years. In fact, there are a number of drive-in theater options in Southern California that have never gone away and stayed true to those mid-century ways (including no options to buy tickets online, so make sure to show up early if you want a prime parking spot).
Skip a romantic restaurant and instead pack a picnic or stock up at the snack bar while you enjoy a (mostly first-run) flick at one of these classic drive-in theater locations. Enjoy your movie!