Then came daylight savings time, which meant movie time started almost at 10:00 at night. In many small communities, drive in owners protested loud and clear. Many of their clientele had shift jobs and the 11:00-7:00 shift workers couldn’t see the ending of the movies anymore.
While drive ins were still able to attract many customers, the movie companies became greedy and began to take up to 95% of the proceeds. At the same time, video rentals became the rage, and the death of the drive ins were at epidemic levels.
In the mid 1980’s my Dad closed the Tiger Drive In. It was a sad time, but we knew the interest level was decreasing, and he was at an age that he felt this was the best decision. The excitement of watching movies from your car had run its course. About two years ago I read of several drive ins reopening, since the new generation had never experienced going to a ”Drive In” and older generations missed the some of the best times of their youth. Home Video rentals had filled the place of going to a movie but the “experience” of a family outing is just not the same.