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Ducttape  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 159)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 3:52 PM


san antonios' last drive-in theater, the mission drive-in, did not open for the '07 season - word on the street is the only thing we'll be seeing there is bulldozers. i'll be sad to see it go. my personal record was 5 - 5 bodies smuggled in, in the trunk of my 1965 ford galaxy. far as i know there are no drive-ins within a hundred miles of me now. bummer

Bushyfox  (Level: 174.4 - Posts: 2403)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 4:34 PM

If you don't like the movie, slash the seats!


Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 4:36 PM

I know how you feel Richard.. there is a drive in very close to my home (not my childhood drive in but, my children's) which we frequent many times each summer. Rumours are flying about it's eminent demise. Seems to be the wave of the future - bulldoze a family tradition (and, ehem, a teenage right of passage) and put up megaplexes with no character, downhome feel or happy memory inducing capabilities.

By the way, I wasn't the smuggler, I was a smuglee (?) - my friend had a van and we'd all pile in the back under blankets and lawn chairs ( I would, of course, never condone this behaviour to my children now lol)

Mindmonkey  (Level: 268.2 - Posts: 295)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 5:36 PM

Drive-ins are going the way of the dodo bird. It is a true shame. My parents threw me into the backseat of their 59 Pontiac and headed to the Coram Drive-in on many a night. They wouldn't have thought to take me to a regular theater, since I would have had to stay quiet. Of course, that was when cars still had backseats worthy of the name...

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 7:09 PM

So sad! I have such fond memories of drive-in movies. My parents would bundle us up on cold winter nights, pre-pop some corn, make a pitcher of Kool-Aid, pack themselves a couple of beers in a cooler, and remind us to bring our pillows before we left. I got some awesome sleep at the old open-air theaters.

As a teenager, I was forbidden to go to the very same place -- with good reason. Naturally, I went anyway. At those times, it was me with the iced down beer. By then, they no longer showed family movies, but obscure "B" films, or low budget soft porn. It seems there were a lot of movies about motorcycles, cheerleaders, and women prisoners. We would even take lawn chairs, just in case the couple in the car needed some privacy. And no matter where you parked, the speakers didn't work. Those were the days...

The last time I actually went to anything resembling a drive-in was at MGM Studios in Disney World. It was called the Sci-Fi Cafe (I think) and was a poor substitute, even "Disneyed" up. My daughter did enjoy the light-up souvenir glass of root beer, though. I think we still have it.

Does anyone know of any drive-ins that are still out there?


Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 7:35 PM

I've always loved the drive-in. Went to my very first movies in the back of a pickup truck at the Twin Pines in eastern NC. Broke my heart when the last one in Bucks County PA went under the dozer, not least because it put my boyfriend the projectionist out of a job.

We still have one left in Jacksonville that hangs on by being a flea market during the day. Eight bucks a carload, no smuggling required. The screens are in sad shape, one of them essentially unwatchable (of course that's that one where they're always showing the movie I came to see). It's the first place my grandson has always wanted to go when he comes for the summer. The dogs love to go, too.

Banomet  (Level: 173.2 - Posts: 266)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 7:39 PM

Here's a nice site.

Mindmonkey  (Level: 268.2 - Posts: 295)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 7:47 PM

My last drive-in movie night was an all night horror affair that featured a movie about giant rabbits taking over the world. They were vanquished, though. The site is now an assisted living center. Appropriate--we had much assistance that night.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 8:01 PM

Nice site. You can see here what I mean by the screens in sad shape.

Ladyvol  (Level: 202.7 - Posts: 5432)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 8:31 PM

There are still two operating drive-ins within a thirty minutes drive of my house. one is in Midtown and the other in Athens. Alas they are only open during the warmer months. We use to have one here in Rhea County but it's gone the way of 8-track tapes and cruising all night on $5.00 worth of gas! Man, those were the good old days...I miss them...

Gypsylady  (Level: 140.8 - Posts: 6036)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 8:49 PM

fter I was grown, my daddy used to build drive in theaters. When I was a kid, my mom and dad, sisters and brother would load up the car popcorn, Koolaid, and blankets. I saw "King Kong" the first time at the drive-in. I remember having to find different parking spaces to make sure the speaker you hung on the side of the door, worked. You got to play up in front of the big screen on merry-go-rounds and such before the movie. They are some great memories. You're lucky Vickie to have 2 close to you. There used to be one about a mile or 2 from us, but no longer operates. I miss those along with the days of the jukeboxes.


Emiperkins  (Level: 50.0 - Posts: 201)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 9:16 PM

Daylight savings time in Indiana will probably kill off our remaining drive-ins. It gets dark so late here, they have to start at a ridiculous hour. I'd be really sad to see it go. Stupid DST. We should at least be on Central, not Eastern. Oh well.

Lisap369  (Level: 61.1 - Posts: 992)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 9:17 PM

Ours is still functioning..for now. 10 mins from home and a family run drive in with 3 screens. we still love to go in the summer months. We bring lawn chairs because we love to sit outside (as long as the skeeters ain't bitin') to watch the movies (still 2 for the price of 1 - 3 on a long weekend Sunday but I can't stay up that late anymore. The sound is through the car radio so we can blare it and no one cares. And yes, the decrepit old playground is still fully functioning in front of Screen #1. It will be a sad day when they don't open one of these years (the price they will get for the land will be too tempting soon)..ahhhh

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 10:16 PM

The last movie I saw at a drive in was Psycho. Trust me, you don't want to see Psycho while sitting in a car in the dark unless you are very, very, very brave!


Missashlee  (Level: 125.6 - Posts: 543)
Thu, 22nd Mar '07 11:16 PM

My most memorable moment (if you are referring to watching the movie) was when my Dad took us kids to see "Superman and the Molemen".

Forget I said anything ...

Aquamar  (Level: 176.8 - Posts: 904)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 1:56 AM

I remember those Saturday nights at the drive-in. The first time I remember having my pillow and blanket laying in the back window of my dad's 56 Chevy and looking up at the stars. Later of course with my boyfriend, my husband now, watching spagetti westerns. Playing with my daughter on the swings before the movie started. Those good old days are gone but the memories last forever.

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 2:55 AM

I have many happy drive-in memories, but the most vivid is not so pleasant.

In 1968 I moved from Philadelphia to Pilot Rock, Oregon with my first husband. He was insanely possessive and jealous, and abusive into the bargain. We'd been married 4 years and had two children but I was still only 20 and terrified of him when he was angry.

The movie "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" was about to come out and I'd just read the paperback. In the book, Clint Eastwood's character is called "Whitey," which happened to be an old boyfriend's name from before I was married. He was the boy I broke up with when I met my husband, and that very fact perversely convinced him I was fickle and untrustworthy and nothing ever changed his mind. I'd been through a lot over Whitey for no reason, so it was with utter dread that I prepared to go to the drive-in on the Umatilla Indian Reservation with my husband, his sister and her husband.

I knew the instant the name was spoken that he'd go stiff with rage, sit there and stew over a guy he'd never met and that I hadn't seen in years and would've never even thought of but for the jealousy. He would instantly turn cold and cutting to me and ruin the evening for everyone, and there'd be misery to pay for days on end. I was sick to the stomach for days before we went, stampedes of butterflies everytime I thought about it. Being 8 months pregnant didn't help.

Sitting in the darkened car with my family, I was alone with fears I couldn't confide to anyone. Waiting for the movie to start I was all nerves, feeling doomed to be punished for a name in a movie, something that should be a pleasant evening of light entertainment. Much as I still love the drive-in, for the past 39 years and for the rest of my life, the first thing that pops into mind when the subject comes up is the pure dizzying rush of relief and gratitude that flooded through me when Eli Wallach opened his mouth and called Clint Eastwood "Blondie!"

Please don't anyone feel bad about my little story. There were lessons I had to learn about myself back then and I learned them. I'll never live with fear again. It was part of the road I had to travel to get here, just a drive-in memory I feel safe enough here to share.

Ducttape  (Level: 184.4 - Posts: 159)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 4:07 AM

"if i couldn't get a date, i would get in the back seat and do pushups"

(we miss you rodney dangerfield)

Aslan  (Level: 27.6 - Posts: 356)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 8:13 AM

We had a local drive-in on a hillside near a major road. It decided to show X-rated movies.

Actually caused a few accidents and did not last long. I wonder why?

Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 8:19 AM

Ours used to show XXX movies too, but the Baptists whe really run the town shut it down. Dunno how much business they were doing; it was when I'd just come to town and it was closed down before I got a chance to go.

Soldotna  (Level: 27.7 - Posts: 145)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 8:22 AM

I know this is hard to beiieve but not 10 minutes from where I live is an "honest to goodness" functioning, well repaired drive-in theater with 3 good screens and a modern playground. It is in operation all through the summer months and shows first run, top of the line, movies. Of course you have to remember that when you come to this state you must set your watch back 50 years.

Tuzilla  (Level: 130.7 - Posts: 3769)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 8:31 AM

I grew up going to the drive-in. We had one about 2 miles away. They had fireworks on holidays. It changed to X-rated near its end. It held on for 3-4 year. Now there is a large Roman Catholic church built on the property in stark contrast to the behavior that went on when we were there early on Sunday mornings.

We still have one about 1 1/2 hours away in Coldwater, Michigan. We make it there about twice a year. They live because they show first run movies. You will see whatever is opening at the theaters there on the same nights. But you just can't explain the difference of sitting under the stars with a light breeze blowing while watching have to experience it.

There is a really drive-in restaurant back on the edge of town. You can order classic drive-in food, and a car hop comes out with it on a tray and hangs it on the car. After that, you hit the drive-in movie place (The Capri) and get a good spot. Until movie time people go into the grassy area in front of the screen and play catch, frisbee. Some even barbecue. Still, it is all about the this age.

Zeedee  (Level: 222.1 - Posts: 1088)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 9:22 AM

There used to be a really interesting outdoor theater on Andersen Air Force Base in Guam. (I have heard that it no longer exists.) It was outdoors--like a drive-in--but it had seats like a regular theater. It was built into a slight hillside to give it the "stadium seating" that is so popular in the new multiplexes. In the days before air conditioning, it must have been pleasant to get out of the house into the open air and watch a movie. But once an air-conditioned theater was built on base, folks no longer had to deal with the tropical humidity that was the main discomfort of the old outdoor theater. It was the only one of its kind I ever saw. Do they have them in other places? If so, I'm sure someone on this site will know.

Joanneeberlin  (Level: 181.7 - Posts: 686)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 10:21 AM

Back in the 70's and early 80's drive-ins around Montreal were extremely popular. But for the last 20 years or so, you have to drive a least a hundred miles or more in Ontario to find one. They were a lot of fun and lots of memories too for me. I remember my uncle sneaking me and my cousin so we wouldn't pay. Then I remember that changing. They then started charging a flat rate per car. So no matter how many people were in the car, the fee was the same. I guess that was due to people sneaking in too many friends and family members. Good times!


Lisaal  (Level: 54.5 - Posts: 36)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 10:48 AM

wow i didnt realize someone else from SA was here.. ~l~.. i work VERY close to the mission... about a block away and hadnt heard it was closing.. i'll have to drive by at lunch and check this out...


Allena  (Level: 253.5 - Posts: 1388)
Fri, 23rd Mar '07 11:40 AM

Ah, the sweet memory of taking my baby daughter to the drive-in when we couldn't afford a baby sitter and my good wife needed a break. Warmed that bottle between my legs.

The drive-ins were necessary so you could be alone with a girl...or vice versa. Now, any place will do...even under the teacher's desk.

The real reason drive-ins are closing is the truth in packaging laws...if drive-ins ever published what was in their hot dogs, pop corn...etc. GAWD

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