Drive-in theatres began in Camden, NJ in 1933 and spread across the USA, reaching a peak in the 1950s of over 4,000 screens. Springfield had two, on South Grand and South Sixth, and today one is operating as the Route 66 Drive-In.
This may not be the same one I remember; it opened in 1978 as the Green Meadows, closed in 1982, and then sat unused for several years. The Knight family bought it in 1990 but did not reopen until 2002.
Today it has two screens, a playground and refreshment stand, and a nearby amusement park, probably replete with batting cage and water slide.
Not many drive-ins survive today; so if you are ever back in town, check this one out for an evening of summer-time nostalgia.
Do you have any drive-in memories to share?
I recall that on Buck Night, certain pals of mine would pack the trunk with several non-paying customers.
It was also a lot more fun to go there with a date than with the family.