We are fortunate to live in a town that still has an operating drive in theater. Once upon a time there were between 4000 and 5000 drive ins operating in the United States. The most recent count I could find on the internet puts the current number at 355. There are only 14 operating in the state of Indiana. How sad that this little piece of history will someday soon be no more.
There’s just something about seeing a movie at the drive in. Let’s be honest – the sound is pretty bad unless you play it through your radio (but then you might have a dead battery when the movie is over). People could probably also argue that the picture may not be as clear. But those things aside – seeing a movie at a drive in theater is an experience. There’s a feeling of joy, anticipation, and awe that you just don’t get in the traditional big movie theater of today. Where else do you get to the movie hours before it starts just to hang out and visit with friends and eat while you wait.
What other kind of movie theater has children running free on the playground equipment we grew up with. You know the old school dangerous metal slides and the swings that were made out of wood and didn’t squeeze your bottom.
WeeMan spent time playing in the sand, sliding on a metal slide, and just running in the grass with kids he met there.
The sunset was glorious to watch while we waited. My grandma used to say “Red sky at night sailor’s delight” She said that meant good weather ahead.
We decided to go traditional with our movie munchies – but our drive in offers everything from popcorn and candy to pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, fries, and funnel cakes. Can’t get any of those in the regular theater in town!
The movie starts off with everyone honking along to the song “Beep Beep (The Little Nash Rambler)” then the opening screens start to come up. The first one requests that everyone stand while the National Anthem is played then there are the commercials and the refreshment stand ads and they are all vintage – every one of them. How awesome is that. I just wish I had better pictures so you could see what I mean.
I guess maybe the movie is secondary to the experience of going to the drive in. Last nights double feature was “Despicable Me 2” and “Monsters U” . We paid $8 each for hubby and I and $3 for WeeMan. That’s less than half of what we would have paid at the seven screen theater to see both flicks. The movies were of course good – “Despicable Me 2” was the best of the two. I just love the little minions!
Of course by the time we got home we had one tired little WeeMan. In fact he didn’t wake up when daddy carried him up to his bed and tucked him in with his clothes on!