Friday, March 15, 2019

Your Turn

Have you ever been to a drive in movie theatre?

63 comments:

MontanaMarriott said...

No and I always wanted to go but have no idea where there nearest one to NYC is.

Simon said...

Yup!

sandybrook said...

When I was 4 a family outing to one on Long Island.

Zebra Seasoning said...

Years ago, when I was in somewhere in the "Wild Wild West" of the US. It was great, in that it was such a novel way for me and the family to watch a movie, but the quality of the actual viewing of the film was pretty shite. Lot's of fun though.

Unknown said...

Yes! Used to be so much fun back in the 60's and 70's. Some of them had play grounds up front with swings and slides. Speakers were not the best and the mosquitoes at times could cart you away, but in its heyday it was fun, cheap entertainment.

kfitz said...

once.

Nosey Parker said...

Yes, but I rode in the trunk.

Alf Landon said...

Yes. The Good,the Bad and the Ugly in 1970

Tricia13 said...

Yes when I was young... @Montana used to be one right outside NYC in Nyack. No longer:;

Glitter said...

I wasn't supposed to go to the drive-in but I did almost every weekend (back in high school). I saw The Way We Were at the drive-in.

:| raven |: said...

awww ....

we had one in the town i grew up in. The Star-Vu.

high school date nights.

http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/10611/photos/82261

Jennifer said...

Yes! When I was really young - with the family.
in high school with the boyfriend, very fun!!

Do Tell said...

Yes, there was one (no longer in existence) in my area when I was growing up. My dad took my brothers and I to see a few movies there. Good times!

Simon said...

https://www.floridaswapshop.com/swap-shop-movies Still there too!!!

David Howes said...

This dates me as an old man.

The first time I saw "The Great Escape" was at a Cape Cod Drive In.

Tricia13 said...

My was Grease I think?

HushHush said...

Went to one in Maine, next to our campground. Late 70's early 80's.

ron hobbs said...

Saw Bonnie and Clyde with my family. Just 12.

Humor Me said...

Rite of passage for those of us of a, ahem, certain age, in the MidWest - last visit was while I was in college.
I remember seeing the Longest Day when it came out and (finally) made it to the drive in so my dad, a WWII vet, could see it.
One is making a come back in my home town as a family-friendly place to spend an evening.

Farmgirl said...

Montana i can help you if you drive!

astra worthington said...

No, they didn’t have them where I’m from and I think they were pretty much done by the time I was born anyway (in most places). They looked cool though. I think my parents went to them.

M Styles said...

Yes in 2009 in Scottsdale Arizona!
But it sadly has since closed.
I was on vacation and got lucky enough to be staying right by the drive in, it was a cool experience.

DarylsBigFan said...

Of course. Long before we got married. Anyplace to be alone together.
Good times...

kelli grrrl said...

Yep, the town I grew up in had a 2-screener. Rated R on one side, family friendly on the other. It was right off the side of the freeway exit ramp. When we were kids in the backseat coming back into town, we were always glued to the windows trying to get a glimpse of a booby or a butt on the screen. When we were in high school it was a pretty popular place to go...a whole car full of people for about $10. Good times!

nips said...

The capri drivein in coldwater mI. still going strong............

Coming@uCrooked. said...

Yes. Hid inside the truck and everything. I don't live very far from the Van Buren Drive in mentioned in the movie Cake with Jennifer Aniston.

Flashy Vic said...

Nope. They were mythic American things in movies that we had no chance of ever experiencing exçept in dreams. Like root beer, corn dogs and Red Indians.

Pen-a-lope said...

Saw the original "Dawn of the Dead" in Lithia Springs, GA drive in. Even snuck in the trunk. LoL

Vita said...

Yes, a big local, family adventure when I was about four. For the life of me I cant remember the movie, but i think that is bc they just expected me eat popcorn and play in the way back of the station wagon. The thing I remember most is that at some point in the movie, my dad passed gas that was so foul even having the windows down couldn't help. So, between gags and giggles, and lots of looks from other cars, we all leapt from the vehicle and scattered for a few laps of fresh air. Not very refined, but a great family memory.

zerooptions said...

Yes!

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Disparaging Remark said...

Yep. A lot of times. We still have one within 30 minutes from our house.

Mandalynca said...

When I lived in Canada there was - and still is - a drive-in movie about a 5 mins drive from where we lived. It was a great family night out; the kids would be in the back of the car in their pjs and we would load up with popcorn and there was also a small playground where all the kids could burn off some energy before the show started. Happy days.

J.L Jones said...

Yes, my friend's mom took us to see The Love Bug. I think Sunrise was the last drive-in in Queens.It was my one and only time. It later became a multi-plex.

Max Power said...

We still have one here, about 45 minutes outside of Portland.

ElCartero said...

I've been to a few. There aren't too many left near me -- three of them within about a 90-minute drive in different directions. One of those was built within the last 10 years. They are building new ones here and there, believe it or not.

Of course in the '50s it was different. My dad worked for the airlines then, out of Chicago Midway. There was a twin-screener close by that, he tells me, the air traffic controllers used to refer to as the "twin finger bowls". 😆

bunny honey said...

Yes. Had one in my home town. Saw my very first scyfy, Star Wars, and have been hooked every since.

Ann said...

I'm old enough that I went to the drive-in on dates. Some of my best summer memories were about sneaking a cooler of beer into the drive-in while underage with two good friends. No worry about being caught drinking at the drive-in.

hhstarr said...

Many times! First one I remember was Grease. Nothing like Danny singing at the drive thru while you are at a drive thru. One of the star wars movies was playing on the other screen (it was a dual screen one).

Elissa said...

In high school, a bunch of us would get together, go do the drive-in, send someone to the concession stand, and move the car. We would laugh our asses off, as teenagers do, watching whomever it was wondering around trying to find us again.

Elissa said...

*TO* the drive-in.

MichiganMama59 said...

Friday night hangout.

Farmgirl said...

First drive-in movie was No Deposit, No Return

postaldog said...

Oh yeah, we used to go all the time. Saw The Exorcist at the drive in. That was a trip

Scandi Sanskrit said...

OMG why am i jealous. I would be too afraid to look into my rearview Mirror if I’d just seen “The Exorcist” at a drive-in!

To answer the thread’s question: No.

Sansa said...

Yes! One actually still exists not too far from me in NY state near the NJ border.

PghGirl said...

Yeah...every summer

Scandi Sanskrit said...

They’re so “Grease” and I had no idea they still existed. Fascinating. 🏁

amelia said...

Yes! My Mom used to load me up when my Dad was working at night and we would watch some musicals. I remember having such a good time fighting mosquitosand sweating in the car because you couldn't run the A/C. But I loved going!

Later when I was in HS and college this was a place we liked to go as a group. Great place to go get stoned, share some alcohol and watch some movie like "A Clockwork Orange".

fairylights said...

Yes! Some of my favorite dates with my husband before we were married were at our local drive in in Tucson Arizona!

Mahogany1 said...

My favorite

Scandi Sanskrit said...

They’re goign to remake “Clcokwork Orange” And make the Alex character an obnoxious YouTuber and cast Justin briber as the lead.

Mark my words. 🥛 You heard it here first.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it. Of course that’ll never happen (GOD I HOPE NOT).

I’m just a little annoyed. They don’t make films like they used to. 😿😿😿😿

Aquagirl said...

Yes. There is actually a list online of all of the drive-in theaters that are still open. Unfortunately, I’m really tired and cannot find it to share (although some are listed on Wiki & I think you can do a local search.) If you’ve never been, definitely try to go.

My BFF and her husband lived in Georgia and had a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains. I used to go there every Memorial Day, and we’d all go to the drive-in; friends, kids, whoever was around. My friend and I would make ‘Southern food’ like fried chicken and brownies, even though neither one of us are remotely southern. We used to bring chairs and sit outside & eat & drink wine. We’d bring real dishes (well the melamine one’s from Target) and tablecloths and everything. When we really wanted to do it up, we would buy vintage looking dresses from Anthropologie and pretend it was the 1950’s (even though neither of us were even remotely alive back then and we were doing this starting around 2005.) Sadly they got divorced two years ago, but on a positive note, she lives in Brooklyn so is geographically close to me once again.

@David Howes: I think there is still one in Wellfleet, MA @ the Cape. My first drive-in experience was when I was a very young child (maybe 2 or 3) in my pj’s with my siblings. My dad backed in and I remember thinking, at that young age, how unselfish my parents were, because they couldn’t even SEE the movie. Took me a few years to figure out that they were making out the whole time 💋.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

Here it is: https://m.dinersdriveinsdiveslocations.com/index.html

I’ve never been but I’m in indonesia and there aren’t any. And next time I travel overseas I’ll probably go to Morocco/Turkey/Egypt.

sugar of lead said...

I worked at the drive in. The cheeseburgers were frozen premade, bun and all, and heated in the microwave. We would chow down on these and the nachos and the candy while we were working.

Gordon Scott said...

My dad bought the drive-in in my hometown, when it was being shut down. He sold the land to a company that built a Super 8 motel.

There is still one operating in the Twin Cities metro. Of course it only is open for six months.

GypseeWind said...

Yes, we have one down the road, potentially walking distance if you're fit. It's a 2 screen one. On Sunday morning we haul our tired asses there at 6 am because they have the best flea market ever. A few years ago it was going to close, but everyone donated to update the technology and it was saved. You can see 3 movies per night for 8 bucks per person. Many happy memories...

James Howlett said...

Joe Bob Briggs said the drive-in will never die. It did and I personally only like the ones that have the radio station for the sound. I went to one that had the speakers built in to the ground and ended up chewed up by mosquitos so bad I ended up black and blue.

Scandi Sanskrit said...

That’s so cool that some of them have radio stations for the sound.

Mike Murphy said...

Yes, the Aut-O-Rama Drive In, which is located in North Ridgeville, Ohio. It's about 25 miles southwest of Cleveland. In fact, there are five drive-ins within a 60 mile radius of Cleveland.

The drive-in will open soon for its 2019 season. 80s night, here I come!

T. W. said...

No. I bet it would have been lovely.

Technological advances are good, but younger generations miss out on older stuff, like playing The Oregon Trail from a floppy disk. The will never know the thrill of beating that game. Do they even know what dysentery is?

Trapped said...

Yes and loved it, but never ever go in the winter

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