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Ultimate Retro Family Experience....Drive-In Theatre!

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by qtlaw, Aug 21, 2011.

  1. qtlaw

    qtlaw Well-Known Member

    Went to a drive-in for the first time since I was smuggling in a cooler of Mickey's Big Mouth with my buddies. Wife's friend suggested we take our families to see SpyKids 4 in our two minivans (6 kids, 4 parents.) Back up into your spot on the bump, put all the seats down, open the back tailgate and lay down on the floor with blankets and pillows.

    No more speakers you hook onto your window but audio through your car stereo.

    What a blast! A great feeling in Summer waiting for the sun to set and walking back and forth to the snack bar. A bargain too, kids under 12 are $1!! and Adults on $6.95!

    Cannot wait to do it again.
  2. Flip Wilson

    Flip Wilson Well-Known Member

    Love going to the drive-in 45 minutes down the highway from here. Prices are insanely cheap: $5 a car during the week;$10 on weekends. And take in all the food/drink/ booze you want!
  3. Bubbler

    Bubbler Active Member

    I'd love to buy some land and start a modest drive-in. I think with some technological advances for audio people would really dig it. What's old is new again, etc.

    Incidentally, when drive-ins were dying a slow death in the 80s and 90s, I recall seeing porno drive-ins once in a blue moon. I wonder if any of those are still around? My guess is no, but who knows?
  4. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Haven't been this year, but the family and I have enjoyed trips to the local drive-through. I was really surprised at the radio audio the first time I went, thinking it would be those speakers. It's a lot of fun.
  5. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    There were two drive-ins in our area back in the day (both long, long gone now). A few times a summer a buddy and I would jump in his '73 LTD with a couple of pizzas or a bucket of KFC and a case a beer and check out the dusk-to-dawn shows, four movies between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. or so (invariably falling asleep sometime during the third flick). Good times.
  6. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    A drive-in opened up in the sticks, about 45 minutes west of downtown proper here. I'd like to go at least once, and seven bucks per person for a double-feature of first runs is a good deal. But they don't let you bring in your own food and drink. Unless they plan on doing a bumper-to-bumper search of my Durango and make spot checks every 10 minutes during the movie, I have no idea how they would enforce it, but that's kind of a downer.

    I've heard a few places opening drive-ins in the last few years. I don't imagine it'd ever be more than a kitchy revival as opposed to a whole-hog renaissance, but why the hell not? Maybe mini golf will make a comeback too!
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    We go to the drive-in all the time... They do a kid's movie first and then a regular movie last. I think it's $12 for the four of us... We've never made it past the first movie, but it's much more family friendly than the regular theater when you have little kids...
  8. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Nothing beats taking kids to the drive in on a nice summer night.
  9. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    you might be surprised at how much it costs to open a drive-in from the ground up
  10. Seahawk

    Seahawk Member

    The Wife and I went to a drive-in while on vacation on the Cape last summer. I believe it was in Wellfleet, MA. We saw the A-Team, and then about half of the last Shrek movie before calling it a night. Total bargain, and it was awesome getting the drive-in experience again. It had been about 25 years or so since the last time I'd done that.
  11. cranberry

    cranberry Well-Known Member

    The last time I went to this drive-in was in August 1975 when I was 17. It was the first time I went as a driver (instead of a as one of the kids in the back seat) and with a date. We saw the original version of The Stepford Wives. Oh, Frank, indeed.

  12. Bob Cook

    Bob Cook Active Member

    My 14-year-old got his first experience with a drive-in recently. It was the 49er Drive-In in Valparaiso, Ind., the closest drive-in to my Chicago-area home. He loved it. One advance is that the movie audio can be fed into your car radio, so you don't have to leave the window open for the speaker and the 3 million mosquitoes that view you as their popcorn.
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