OK, my take on what is going on:
Think you're spot on 💯
May have to check out what's playing at the Drive-In this weekend
The last movie I saw at a Drive-In was "Stripes" in 1981. Our local drive-in was torn down in the 90s. And local means 20 miles away.
Our 'local' drive-in is some 105 miles away. Mind you, where we live, anything considered 'local' is 105 miles away, LOL!
Our closest 'local' gas station is some 40 miles away ROFL!
They have two screen, one larger than the other, and two movies per screen for around $8 per person. This past year, there was talk about the drive-in closing it's door due to their equipment being old and not having the funds to update it over to some type of digital format, but the funds were found (not sure through what source) and the drive-in was able to update their technology and equipment and as such, are now able to remain open.
There is another Drive-In that is also still operational but that one is approx. 120 miles away from us in the other direction and as of yet, we have never been to that one.
Sadly, Drive-ins are becoming a things of the past. I think there are only around 300 or so left in the U.S.