Drive-in movie theaters are quickly becoming all the rage around the country.
Lighthouse 5 will open as the world’s largest drive-in movie theatre in Eustis, FL once construction is completed. This five-screen drive-in cinema will not only be the largest in the entire world, but it will also have on-site restaurants, shopping centers and even camping.
Lighthouse 5’s Facebook Page explains that two to three screens would be dedicated to new Hollywood releases, one to two screens for old throwbacks, and one screen for film fests, indies, and rentals.
Lighthouse 5 has been proposed by the CEO of Veritas Theatres, Spencer Folmar. The first hurdle for the proposed theater was passed back in March, which is helping to clear the way for the build. The five-screen theater would sit on 72-acres on County Road 44 in Eustis. It is expected to take three years to build. And once it’s finished, it could earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.
While the build would happen in phases, according to Folmar, the first phase would start with the five-screen movie theater and then move on to the camping and RV grounds.
Since the pandemic, stocks of three major movie companies, AMC, Cinemark, and Cineworld took a hit. Most drive-in movie theaters sell their tickets online. Moviegoers are able to save tickets to their mobile devices and when they get to the gate, all they have to do is show the attendant their ticket for them to scan.
Just like indoor movie theaters, drive-ins have seen their fair share of ups and downs. The first drive-in movie theater opened on June 6, 1933, in Camden, N.J. Drive-ins had a great run well into the late 1950s. In 1963, there were nearly 3,500 drive-ins throughout the United States. The industry started to lose its appeal when televisions and multiplex movie theaters entered the scene.