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10 classic drive-in theaters worth the detour

By: Matt Hickman on July 26, 2013, 11:42 a.m.
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Ford-Wyoming Drive-In, Dearborn, Mich.

This super-authentic Midwestern survivor, with in-car heaters and old-school speaker boxes if you like, proudly claims bragging rights as being the largest drive-in movie theater in the world. Yes, world.

Opened for business in the Ford Motor Co.'s home of Dearborn during the golden age of passion pits when there were more than 100 drive-ins scattered across Michigan, it should be made clear that the Ford-Wyoming isn’t considered the largest drive-in due to its five screens, but because of terms of overall car capacity — the property can hold a whopping 3,000 of them. There’s no need to worry about getting the boot for getting caught with snacks, as outside food is permitted. And if you’re too sleepy to stick around for the second feature, it’s worth sticking around for the mind-blowing intermission reel, which, as far as we know, survived the conversion to digital.