In 1946, the Skyway Theatre, Canada’s first drive-in cinema, opened at Stoney Creek, Ontario, east of Hamilton. The Skyway had speaker poles that played the soundtrack of movies at each parking spot, because not all cars had built-in radios at the time.
Drive-in theatres reached their zenith during the 1940s and 1950s and then slowly declined in popularity as indoor movie theatre technology advanced. Despite this, drive-in theatres are still found across the country and make for a nostalgic night out for many Canadians.
Number of drive-in theatres in Ontario. About half of Canada’s remaining drive-ins are located in the province.
Area in square metres of the screen at Starlight Drive-In Theatre in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Bigger than an NBA court, it stands as the largest drive-in movie screen in the country.
Maximum height in metres of vehicles permitted in the main parking section of the Valley Drive-In Theatre in Nova Scotia. Taller vehicles must park in a back section to ensure that all patrons can see the screen.
Number of screens at the Drive-In Saint-Eustache in Quebec, making it the biggest drive-in theatre space in Canada.
Car capacity of the Twilight Drive-In Theatre, Metro Vancouver’s only drive-in movie cinema.