There was a time when the drive-in movie was a fixture of summer. Load up the car with the kids, hook the scratchy speaker to the car window, fill up with popcorn and hot dogs during intermission, and watch the latest movies on a massive screen under the stars.
They are gone now. The Diamond State Drive-in in Felton went dark a couple of years ago, and the deteriorating sign for a drive-in near Ocean City is rusting in the brush on Rt. 50. But the lure of watching films in the fresh air instead of in a metroplex has led to a revival of outdoor viewing. A lot of Delmarva communities are using portable screens to show movies outside on summer nights. All the films are family-friendly. Bring your own lawn chair and snacks. (And bug spray.)
CRISFIELD: Movies on the Dock. June 25, July 9, 23 August 6, 20. 9 pm at the dock. www.crisfieldevents.com
DEWEY BEACH: Monday Movies on the Beach. June 20-August 29. 8:30 at Dagsworthy Street and the Beach. www.beach-fun.com
EASTON: Cinema by Starlight. Fridays, July 1- August 26. 8:30 at Brewers Lane by N. Harrison St. (Across from the parking lot used for the Farmers’ Market) www.theavalonfoundation.com
LEWES: Cinema by the Canal. Thursday June 16, July 21, August 18 8:30 at Canalfront Park
OCEAN CITY: Monday & Friday, 8:30 at 27thy St. and the Beach; 8:30 Thursdays at Princess Royale Hotel on 91st St.; Wednesdays at the Carousel Hotel on 117th St. and the beach. www.ococean.com
REHOBOTH BEACH: Cinema by the Surf. Thursday July 7, August 11. 8:30 at the Bandstand. www.rehobothfilm.com