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STATISTICS

The following statistics are compiled from a variety of resources, including personal visits and research, telephone recordings, websites, UDITOA member information, and on-line movie listings.  Because of the constant flux of numbers (closings, addition of screens, change in ownership, etc.) sometimes, despite best efforts, a theatre will be erroneously tallied as operating (or not operating) that season. 

Number of Operational, permanently constructed, commercially operated US Drive-Ins by State/Territory
  (as of March 13, 2013)

These statistics are updated as UDITOA learns of changes in drive-ins.

  
State Sites Screens   State Sites Screens
Alabama 10 16   Nebraska 1 1
Alaska 0 0   Nevada 2 9
Arizona 2 10   New Hampshire 4 8
Arkansas 3 3   New Jersey 1 2
California 18 46   New Mexico  2 4
Colorado 6 10   New York 29 50
Connecticut 2 4   North Carolina  6 7
Delaware 0 0   North Dakota 0 0
Florida 7 25   Ohio 29 48
Georgia 5 12   Oklahoma 6 7
Hawaii 0 0   Oregon 4 4
Idaho 10 10   Pennsylvania 30 50
Illinois 12 16   Puerto Rico 1 1
Indiana 20 36   Rhode Island 1 3
Iowa 4 4   South Carolina 3 7
Kansas 7 8   South Dakota 7 8
Kentucky 13 18   Tennessee 15 22
Louisiana 0 0   Texas 15 26
Maine 5 6   Utah 6 14
Maryland 1 1   Vermont 4 7
Massachusetts 3 6   Virginia 9 10
Michigan 8 18   Washington 6 13
Minnesota 6 10   West Virginia 8 8
Mississippi 1 1   Wisconsin 10 12
Missouri 13 19   Wyoming 0 0
Montana 2 4        
        TOTALS 357 604

 

PAST STATS & THE FUTURE OF THE INDUSTRY

 

YEAR

SITES

SCREENS

December 30, 2011 366 606
September 19, 2010 374 618
July 23, 2009 382 629
July 26, 2008

383

635

July 31, 2007

383

636

July 27, 2006

397

650

July 26, 2005

402

649

July 2004

403

641

July 2003

401

635

summer 2002

433

667

summer 2001

441

684

summer 2000

443

684

summer 1999

447

684

For stats from July 2005, click here
For stats from January 2006, click here
For stats from August 2006, click here
For stats from July 2007, click here
For stats from July 2008, click here

For stats from September 2010, click here
For stats from December 2011, click here


Industry resources list the high figure for drive-ins as 4063 in 1958. The 1978-1988 time period was particularly hard on the industry, with over 1000 screen closings. Closings were commonly due to land value increases that made selling for redevelopment attractive financially, aging owners who wished to retire, difficulty obtaining first run product during the time period, and increasing entertainment options (video, multiplexes, other activities).

But by the 1990s, new drive-ins were being built and re-openings were becoming more common. The numbers have leveled off from their rapid drop in the 1980s. Some owners who want to retire now are seeking someone to purchase it to keep it as a drive-in instead of selling the property for development. Though drive-in numbers will never be as high as they were in the 1950s, the industry seems to be on an upswing.      


Click here for a list of NEW BUILDS AND RE-OPENED DRIVE-INS

Statistics compiled by the UDITOA Website and Industry Data Committee.

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