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Speaking of Paradise, are there many drive-in theatres left ???
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Alberta Mike    Posted 04-24-2003 at 18:59:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I was talking to an old friend last night and somehow we got on the topic of drive-in theatres. Up here they've pretty well went the way of the Dodo Bird, I don't know of any around any more at all. Any left around where you live? Do you still go (if there are any)? I would love to take the grandkids to a drive in movie but me and grandma would have to behave in the front seat !!!


magpie    Posted 04-25-2003 at 09:47:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Haven't seen one in years don't know why, mabey cause of the videos? Many years ago I lived in Calgary, used to take my ladyfriend to the drivein and not behave very well. Remember one time getting my foot stuck in the horn ring, scareing the c--- out of us as well as everyone stareing at us.


Alberta Mike    Posted 04-25-2003 at 13:34:30       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Now that's funny .... but you know, you could've got stuck some other way and that would've been way worse I think.


Country Girl    Posted 04-25-2003 at 10:42:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a drive in about 15 miles from us. Sparta, Tennessee. They are showing tonight and if the rain holds off, my son and his girlfriend are going. What memories!


Honeybee    Posted 04-25-2003 at 08:02:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
There's one in Colville, WA (NE Wash.) We like to make a trip out there to take the kids in the summer time. Since they broadcast the sound over your radio (both AM and FM) if you have a fair sound system you can get pretty good sound in your car rather than the old window speaker. Although I think they still have those too ??

My kids got a big kick out of it the first time we went because we took our old crew cab truck and backed in so they all got to wrap up and watch the show from the tuck bed. Too funny.

I think there is (at least there was a couple years ago) still a drive in in Silver Lake/Evereett, WA.... the Puget Park drive in. They used it for flea markets by day and I think they still showed movies on the weekend but I could be wrong on that one.


Ludwig    Posted 04-25-2003 at 06:59:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I know of 2, one 15min away in Fitchburg, MA and one back where I grew up in Windham, ME.
I've been to the one in ME quite a few times when I was in highschool and whatnot. Funniest time was once when the movie ended suddenly and I had my, uhh, pants around my ankles. I still figure my friends did that to me on purpose...

Maybe this summer the wife and I should take a ride to Fitchburg, can't beat the price.

Up in Caribou, ME by the farm they've just reopened the little indoor theater. Young couple own it. $4 movie with $2 on tuesday and sunday. We try to go there everytime we're up. For two of us, a big tub of popcorn, drink and candy it just barely uses up $20. I usually tip 'em $5 too, I want that place to stay open...


Hunter    Posted 04-25-2003 at 06:57:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep 1 is still here in Henderson,NC


Red Dave    Posted 04-25-2003 at 06:41:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
The only one left around here is in Columbia, PA. It used to run X rated stuff back in the '60's until they built a bypass around behind it. Caused a WHOLE lot of traffic jams 'till the cops made them stop.
The drive-in is still there, I drove past it last night, don't know if it shows any movies at all anymore though.


Lazy Al    Posted 04-25-2003 at 05:05:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
We still have one about twenty miles from here .
All the others went by the way side years ago . I havn't been to it in years . With day light savings time it doesn't get dark untill ten .So it gets late fast .
I go back to the days of free movies . Every Sat. and Wed.night some little towns around would put on a free movie and you would sit on blankets and watch it . Did any one have those in other parts of the country ?

The drive- in around here is the Cherry-Bowl in Honor Its been called the Passion- Pit for ever.
Al


Tom A    Posted 04-25-2003 at 04:53:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
National Public Radio has done a few stories on them in the last few years, visiting ones that are still open. I found one link to an older NPR story on the first new drive-in to open in 25 years--in Wisconsin.

I thought I remembered another story this past summer that talked about how drive-ins were making a fairly big comeback, but can't find it...must have been daydreaming again!

Tom A


Ricky    Posted 04-25-2003 at 04:09:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
we got one 25 miles away in Gatesville Texas.go a couple of times each summer


Ron/PA    Posted 04-25-2003 at 02:14:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
We have one about 10 minutes from home, they actually added 2 more screens and now show 3 at one time. 2 years ago a wind storm brought down the old origional one, and to my surprise they replaced it. We go a couple of times a year and still enjoy it, seems we now see alot more of the movie than we used to.
Still I do miss the old window hung speakers,, haven't ripped a cord or broken a window in over 30 years!!
Later
Ron


Hal/WA    Posted 04-24-2003 at 21:23:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
They are all gone around Spokane. There were half a dozen or so in the 50's and 60's, but most were gone by the mid 80's. Not much trace of most of them remain--the land became too valuable.

They were fun. As a little kid, my parents took us in our pajamas and I probably never saw any of the second show. In Junior High, bunches of kids would pile into some older kid's car and we went to the drive ins as groups. Yes, we sometimes hid people in trunks. In High School, we often took dates to the drive ins and the windows sometimes got a little steamed up. I even remember going to an all night 3 Stooges film festival in college at an old, run down drive in. Drank a little beer that night.

Drive ins never made any money here during the winter. When electricity was cheap, a couple of the drive ins tried featuring electric heaters that were on the posts with the speakers with long cords. That never really caught on. The heaters were noisy. The drive in speakers gave lousy sound quality and if it rained, the picture wasn't very good. I suppose that the mechanics of the drive ins wore out and the ground they were on became too valuable to continue.

In some ways, it's too bad. They were fun. The price of going there was usually lots less than the indoor theatres. They gave you a chance to see movies that you missed in the indoor theatres, as the drive ins almost always had second run films. They also gave kids a place to hang out where they probably were a lot safer than the public streets.

The quality of the new theatres is much greater than any drive in that I ever went to. It's too bad that they all charge so much now. I seldom go to a theatre, what with satellite TV. But indoor theatres will never recapture the atmosphere of the drive ins. I wish some remained. So do my kids, who remember going when they were little. But that's progress.....


Yankee    Posted 04-24-2003 at 19:49:41       [Reply]  [No Email]
We still have one about a 30 min ride from my place.Its in the town of chickasha ok,still shows triple features and cartoons before the show.Hope it stays in the good shape it is in now.I think all kids should experience a big screen like that.God Bless drive ins.


DeadCarp    Posted 04-24-2003 at 19:17:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
None up here in Mn - the old ones turned into a livestock auction barn, a junkyard and a housing tract. Yup, i remember steaming up the windows at an all-nite movie - and that big tub of buttery popcorn :)


ray    Posted 04-24-2003 at 19:13:04       [Reply]  [No Email]
Got one directly across from the IRP on the west side of Indy. I go whenever we can. The kids love it. It's old and decaying, so it may not be around long
-ray


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