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Drive-In Classics is a Canadianmarker English language category 2 digital cable specialty channel owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia. Drive-In Classics offers programming showing films from the B movie genre, focusing on films popular at the drive-in theatres in the 1950s to 1970s.


Programming on Drive-in Classics is organized by themes:
  • Martial Arts Mondays - Fight-themed movies
  • Western Wednesdays - Western movies
  • Steamy Windshields (Fridays) - teenage-themed movies popular at the drive-ins.
  • Horror Marathon (Saturdays) - Horror flicks
  • Salem's Lot (Sundays) - Various movies from biker films, beach movies, monster movies, etc.

Noted series

Filler segments

Drive-In Classics is known for also producing 1-2 minute interstitial programs before the start of its various themed night movies or marathons. Kim Poirier used to host a segment for the Horror Marathon every Saturday (she also did the voiceovers for the Steamy Windshields promos) from 2005 until 2007 and Rob Salem currently hosts segments for Salem's Lot every Sunday.


  • Rob Salem as Himself - On-Air Presenter (2005-present)
  • Kim Poirier as Herself - On-Air Presenter (2005-2007)
  • Lesley Livingston as The Nurse/Trish d'Lish/Cheryl (2001-2004)
  • Jonathan Llyr as Drive-In Dick (2001-2004)
  • Simon Evans as The Speaker (2001-2004)


In June 2001, CHUM Limitedmarker was given approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a national category 2 specialty channel known as "'The Drive-In Channel", with programming described as being centred around "Drive-In B movies and series, as well as occasional magazine-style shows focusing on the genre".

The channel was launched only three months later, on September 7, 2001 at 9:00 p.m. EST under the name Drive-In Classics.

In July 2006, Bell Globemedia announced that it would purchase CHUM for an estimated $1.7 billion CAD, included in the sale was Drive-In Classics. The sale was subject to CRTC approval and was approved in June 2007, with the transaction completed on June 22, 2007.

The final edition of Salem's Lot hosted by Rob Salem, under CTVglobemedia (formally Bell Globemedia), was broadcast on August 30, 2009, ending its four-year run.

On July 14, 2009, CTVglobemedia announced the sale of Drive-In Classics, along with SexTV: The Channel, to Corus Entertainment for $40 million CAD. The sale was approved by the CRTC on November 19, though the deal has not yet been finalized. Corus has announced it will rebrand the channel under a new name, although they have not said what the new name will be.


  1. Decision CRTC 2001-305; CRTC; 4 June 2001
  2. Drive-In Classics FAQ page
  3. Bell Globemedia acquires CHUM; Fasken Martineau; 12 July 2006
  4. Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2007-165; CRTC; 8 June 2007
  5. Drive-In Classics
  6. Corus to acquire Drive-In Classics and SexTV from CTVglobemedia for $40 million; The Canadian Press; 14 July 2009
  8. " Corus shuttering Discovery Kids, will re-brand Sex TV and Drive-In Classics channels",, September 29, 2009

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