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AT THE DRIVE-IN on National Drive-Thru Day

The American Drive-In invention was patent approved in May 1933 by the huge movie fan Richard Hollingshead. The first Automobile Movie Theatre later opened in June 1933. During the golden age of drive-ins between the 1950s and '60s, there were more than 4,000 drive-ins throughout the United States. Here's where they can be found across the world and celebrated annually today (24th July) National Drive-Thru Day.

Top Gun, Drive In Movie With itison, Edinburgh
Top Gun, Drive-In Movies, Edinburgh © itison

AT THE DRIVE-IN on National Drive-Thru Day

Today, we celebrate National Drive-Thru Day - which couldn’t be more timely. With the launch of many drive-ins and drive-thru’s here in the UK as we navigate our way into the long term impacts of social distancing, we look at the revival and innovations of drive-ins and even more drive-thru options around the world. Once a retro pastime, contactless interactions at the drive-in has become the norm for many businesses as they adapt and develop new ways to keep customers coming back. Spanning restaurants, classic cinemas and even wineries, we’ve pulled together our top drive-in picks. 

itison Drive-in Movies By The Sea
itison Drive-In Movies By The Sea ©itison

About National Drive-Thru Day

National Drive-Thru Day was started by Jack In The Box restaurant back in 2002 celebrating the appreciation for the availability of convenient meals that can be picked up from a vehicle.

It has been said that the first motorists were served from their cars, back in 1921. Jack in the Box restaurant opened its first location in 1951, in San Diego, California, selling hamburgers for 18 cents.


itison Drive-In Movies, Scotland