An SUV is group seat and snack area for, from left, Coy Erickson 5, her friend Quin Petty, 4, brother Gunnar Erickson, 7, and friend Owen Petty, 7, as they watch "Monsters University." The theater charges $15 per vehicle. "For many rural communities, it's the last form of communal entertainment, where families can watch a movie and be themselves," said Kip Sherer, co-founder of Drive-ins.com. "It's a nightlong outing that doesn't break the bank."
Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times
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