National Drive-In Movie Day

June 6, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 11:59 pm
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People celebrate National Drive-In Movie Day annually on June 6th to honor the unique and nostalgic experience of drive-in movie theaters. The history of drive-in cinemas themselves traces back to the early 20th century. Richard M. Hollingshead Jr. established the first patented drive-in theater in Camden, New Jersey, on June 6, 1933. Hollingshead’s groundbreaking invention allowed moviegoers to watch films from the comfort of their cars while enjoying the open air. Look no further than the iconic Getty Drive-In, a Michigan gem since 1948. On June 6, join the local community in embracing the magic of drive-in movies and indulge in an evening of classic fun. Here are some helpful tips from the General Manager of the Getty, Chad Gemzer, In order to fully enjoy your Drive-In movie experience.

First and foremost, Make sure your car’s radio works prior to your visit:

As you prepare for a memorable night at the Getty Drive-In, it’s essential to ensure that your car’s radio is in working order. The audio for the movies is broadcast directly to your vehicle’s FM radio. So before heading out, double-check that your car’s radio is operable and ready to go.

Arrive early to get the best location:

To make the most of your Getty Drive-In experience, it’s advisable to arrive early. The Getty Drive-In, being a local icon, tends to attract a crowd, especially on special occasions like National Drive-In Movie Day. By arriving early, you increase your chances of securing a prime parking spot with an optimal view of the big screen.

Bring your friends and have an evening of local fun:

National Drive-In Movie Day is a fantastic opportunity to gather your friends for an evening of local fun. So load up your car with cozy blankets and pillows, and create unforgettable memories. The Getty Drive-In’s nostalgic ambiance provides the perfect backdrop for socializing and enjoying each other’s company. So share laughter, snacks, and the joy of watching movies under the starry Norton Shores sky. You can even bring your pet on a leash.

And don’t forget, “One ticket price for two movies!”

An incredible advantage of the Getty Drive-In is the opportunity to watch two movies for the price of a single ticket. Check the theater’s schedule to view what’s showing. You’ll have the pleasure of enjoying a double feature, making your drive-in movie experience all the more worthwhile. Sit back, relax, and make some memories. Make sure you stop by the original concession stand—a great piece of drive-in movie history.

Happy National Drive-In Movie Day! For more FAQs on the Getty, check out their website.


June 6, 2023
7:30 pm - 11:59 pm


Getty Drive-In
920 E Summit Ave
Norton Shores, 49441 United States
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