Excuse me for just a bit of cynicism, but it really feels like The New York Times publishes some sort of “drive-ins still exist” article annually. I’d say that it would be an easy assignment for the summer intern, but this article is by Brooks Barnes, who lives in Los Angeles and covers media regularly for them.
Snark aside, this is an unusually thorough example of this standard article. Photographer J. Emilio Flores does a great job of painting the twilight beauty of cinema under the stars with the Mission Tiki (Montclair CA) as his canvass.
My favorite quote is from John Vincent Jr., president of the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association and owner of the Wellfleet Drive-In (Cape Cod MA): “The conversion to digital is expensive, for sure, but it also means we think there is a future.”
Enough already. Go read it.