Movie Night – Old School


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. Image

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!Image

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!





Christmas Vacation Geekery

Okay I am really getting super excited about Christmas break.  But I have to confess there are some that would say that two of the biggest reasons are pretty geeky reasons (I’ve always been a geek and proud of it so doesn’t bother me)  and these two reasons have nothing to do with Christmas which is weird b/c I love this season.

Yep Hubby and I are looking forward to going to see The Hobbit for our anniversary on Saturday the 15th.  I love the Lord of the Rings trilogy and I fell in love with The Hobbit when my 5th grade teacher used it as a read aloud over 20 years ago.

Now here’s the one I’m the most excited about.

I fell in love with Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables” when our marching band played excerpts from the musical and I decided I had to know the story so read the entire book in a week in my senior year of high school.  Then two years later I got to see the musical in Indianapolis with my sister and it was the most amazing thing I”ve ever seen.  The story is incredible it twists and turns and grabs your heart over and over again as the pieces all weave in and out – several of the songs give me chills every time I hear them “Bring Him Home”, “I Dreamed a Dream” “One More Day” “On My Own” and “Empty Chairs at Empty Tables” .  Hubby and I have a sitter set up for the 27th already.  The only musical he has seen was “Rock of Ages” from the Redbox,  I’m not sure what he’s going to think of his first full fledged musical movie and I’m also worried that Hollywood will butcher a masterpiece – but I’m still going and I’m going to sit and soak up the story and the music and maybe if it’s good and I’m lucky I’ll splurge and I’ll sneak away one afternoon and go again and sit through it by myself and cry and feel my heart pulled out of my body and leave the theater with that sense of awe that lingers after you’ve read a book, or heard a song, or seen a movie that can completely change the way your world looks.  That’s what I’m excited about for this Christmas break.