One of the last American drive-in movie theaters, Smith's Ranch Drive-In opened in 1954, although outdoor movies were screened at the historic Smith Ranch as early as 1940. It has a capacity for 330 cars and shows first-run movies Thursday through Sunday nights. History: Bill Smith arrived in 1923 in his Model-T Ford and developed the haven known as Smith's Ranch. Bill and his brother, Harry, drilled a well and provided water to homesteaders, and Bill's shower, swimming pool, and shade trees were a welcome place to cool off on hot summer days. Bill married Thelma Mead in 1930, and the ambitious pioneer couple built an ice house, dairy, ice cream parlor, outdoor theater, and trailer park on their property, and a large recreation hall with partners Bill & Prudie Underhill.