Local Movie Theater Owners Develop ‘Drive-Ins Near Me’ Website, Launch with Prize Giveaway

The Midway Drive-In of Sterling, Ill., one of 12 permanently constructed movie drive-ins in Illinois, and its owners/operators, Mike and Mia Kerz, recognize that their business is part of a beloved American tradition that is still thriving today.

To preserve the drive-in moviegoing experience, the United Theatre Owners Association and Mobile Moviegoing have joined forces to create the definitive drive-In theatre website, ‘Drive-Ins Near Me’, which unites the nearly 300 drive-In theaters across the globe, with Chicagoans Mike and Mia Kerz playing a key part in the development of the venture.

The state-of-the-art site features a search function, allowing moviegoers to locate a drive-in theater near them, connect with with drive-In theatre owners and fellow drive-In fans, as well as keep up to date on the latest drive-In theater news.

While drive-Ins have a nostalgic history, they surged into the 21st century, thanks in large part to the recent pandemic, which allowed larger crowds to watch films in these open-air venues. Combined with modern technology, including bright digital projection and stereo sound, some of the largest screens in the country, and a concession experience that typically outdoes snacks available in an indoor multiplex, the drive-Ins experienced a business boom like few others when other movie theaters were shut down or running at limited capacity.

To celebrate the July movie blockbuster release line-up, ‘Drive-Ins Near Me’ is hosting a special prize giveaway, featuring movie-themed hats, T-shirts, popcorn carriers, and more. To be eligible, visit the site and sign up to receive their latest news via email.

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Steve Prokopy

Steve Prokopy is chief film critic for the Chicago-based arts outlet Third Coast Review. For nearly 20 years, he was the Chicago editor for Ain’t It Cool News, where he contributed film reviews and filmmaker/actor interviews under the name “Capone.” Currently, he’s a frequent contributor at /Film (SlashFilm.com) and Backstory Magazine. He is also the public relations director for Chicago's independently owned Music Box Theatre, and holds the position of Vice President for the Chicago Film Critics Association. In addition, he is a programmer for the Chicago Critics Film Festival, which has been one of the city's most anticipated festivals since 2013.