Though its contemporary association is more sentimental and tender, “nostalgia” was originally used to describe feelings of pain in recollection; nostros meaning “return” and algos meaning “pain.” Akin to lockdown, it particularly connoted the moral pain associated with forced separation from loved ones and familiar environments. The drive-in appears as a synthesis of both meanings of the word — a token of an idealized past, and a reminder of our inability to move forward.