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10 classic drive-in theaters worth the detour

July 26, 2013, 11:42 a.m.
The Bengies Drive-In Theatre, Baltimore

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The Bengies Drive-In Theatre, Baltimore

Ahhh — The Bengies: A super-classic drive-in theater where “enjoy” meets “obey.”

While the exhaustive list of “strictly enforced” house rules may intimidate some patrons, a little courtesy and common sense (and no booze, shoeless-ness or blue language!) will provide for a lovely evening at this 58-year-old Charm City institution with room for 750 (appropriately parked) cars. To be fair, many drive-ins rely heavily, if not completely, on concession stand sales to stay in business.

At 52 feet high and 120 feet wide, The Bengies Drive-In Theatre (allegedly) boasts the biggest continuously operating theater screen in the U.S. while the snack bar serves up fare that you’d be hard pressed to find at your local cineplex: fried breaded mushrooms, whole pickles, birch beer, meatball subs, shrimp rolls, hot soup (!?) and sno-balls with marshmallow (sorry, no lake trout).