On a nice summer night in Lexington, cars can begin showing up at Hull's Drive-In four hours before the first movie starts. Even with a capacity of more than 300 cars, families vie for spots on the lawn in front of a giant screen.
Load the family in the car. Drive-in theaters are making a comeback. New outdoor theaters are opening, and shuttered ones are being revived as people rediscover the pleasures of watching movies outdoors with no restrictions on chatting, screaming kids, cellphone use or smoking, says Kipp Sherer of drive-ins.com.
It might not be the Hull's Drive-In that you remember, but it means a lot to most of us that it's still there at all. And the changes being made at the Lexington drive-in mean it will remain for some time to come.
Hull’s Drive-In Theatre in Lexington, the nation’s only community-owned, nonprofit drive-in, opened its 2012 season last weekend with screenings of Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.
It was a hot, sticky August evening, and the sun was still high as cars filled with families began lining up along the gravel drive leading into Hull's Drive-In Theatre in Rockbridge County, Va.
A short 30-minute drive from Staunton will find you at Hull's Drive-In Theater, located on Rt. 11 outside Lexington. The only not-for-profit drive-in the country, it has an interesting history.