Drive-in movie theaters are making a comeback.

The theaters are seeing an uptick in business across the country as audiences practice social distancing.

Michael Ray, 11, watches a trailer before a movie at the Paramount Drive-In on Tuesday night. The two-screen theater is in Paramount near the 105 Freeway. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Drive-in theaters have long been viewed as an anachronistic diversion — perhaps worthy of an occasional visit, if that. Now, though, several among the country’s 305 drive-in theaters are experiencing a surge in interest as traditional movie theaters, theme parks and other entertainment options are forced to close because of governmental advisories designed to increase social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.

In interviews with The Times, owners of drive-ins in California, Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri said that they remain open, with several reporting increases in business in recent days. Operators said they were mindful of restrictions on large gatherings and would close if a mandate required them to do so.