With most movie theaters nationwide shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic, drive-in theaters have seen a resurgence in popularity.
There are 305 drive-in theaters in the U.S., and owners in California, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma told the Los Angeles Times that attendance has been on the rise as public health officials tell residents to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
Beau Bianchi, whose family has owned California’s Paramount Drive-In for seven decades, told the newspaper that ticket sales had been “at least double” the typical amount the previous Tuesday and that the theater sold 320 tickets that day. The family’s indoor theater was closed two days earlier due to coronavirus. “It has been a welcome relief for families and adults looking for a little getaway from the house,” Bianchi said. “We’ve been trying to let people know that we have a safe environment and [offer] a little escape.”