Those Were The Days

Sunday and I want to wax poetic…..the older one gets the more one thinks of those magic days of our youth…..and one of those amazing things that no longer exists were the late nite shows at the local Drive-In movie…..there were three where I live…Beach Drive-In, Don Drive-In and the one I frequented the Do-In Movie.

Let’s step back in history for the answers to the questions…..

Whatever happened to the institution and the fun of the Drive-Ins?

Sometime in the 1970s, my older cousin and her husband took me and a neighbor girl to a drive-in theater in Texas, and I still remember how amazing it was to be watching a movie from the back of a station wagon. I mean, you’re sitting there in a car, watching a movie and listening to the audio over a speaker. As a kid, it was about one of the coolest things ever. Nowadays you have cars with built-in DVD players, video game systems, and LCD flatscreens, but nothing really beats the experience of going to the good old drive-in.

You’ll be happy to know the the drive-in phenomenon isn’t quite dead yet, despite being well over 50 years old. While it might be in intensive care, there are still over hundreds of drive-in theaters out there that need your love. You might consider tracking one down near you and showing it some love the next time you have an itch to get out of the house and check out a flick. You’ll be glad that you did. In today’s GeekBomb, we’re charting the history of the drive-in theater experience, and we’ll be letting you know how you can check one out yourself. Brace yourself, we’re pulling the pin…

If you would like to share some memories of the drive-ins then please feel free to let us know your thoughts….

4 thoughts on “Those Were The Days

  1. We never had drive-in cinemas here. The weather just isn’t reliable enough.
    They always looked great in American films though, and I envied those teenagers in the US. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Laying on top of the station wagon to watch the movie, concession stand bar-b-que beef sandwiches, popcorn salty enough to choke a buffalo, really sweet and syrupy cola drinks, sneaking into the drive in by backing into the exit, getting caught backing into the drive in and thrown out with a warning not to try it again or face arrest, B-grade horror flicks that were boring as hell, accidentally jerking the speakers off the post when driving away to leave the theater (Oh damn! I forgot to put the speaker back on its own post!). Making out during the movie. The kiddie playground. The cops roving the grounds poking flashlights into car windows to see if there was any hanky panky going on. Horns blaring from hundreds of cars if the film broke and the movie was interrupted.

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