Do you have one open in your area?

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
October 14, 2008 9:08am CST
Drive-in theaters still popular. Drive-in theater turned 75 this summer and is experiencing a renewal.. About 100 drive-ins have opened or reopened since the mid-'90s "It's a cultural thing," fan says about keeping theaters open for the public. Owner of theater tries to keep entertainment affordable. Apparently there are about 400 choices nationwide. The last time I remember going I was about 7 years old. Last time I checked the closest one to me was almost a 2 hour drive away.
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• United States
15 Oct 08
I haven't known of a drive in being open in years! If there is one around me, I sure don't know about it. I remember going when we were kids, in the 60s. The last one we saw was either Sound of Music or Yours, Mine, and Ours! LONG time ago. It was fun! We kids would dress in a pj's to go (since we'd always fall asleep on the way home if not before), and my parents would pop popcorn and pack drinks, and we'd have a great time!
• United States
14 Oct 08
Nice from a nostalgic point of view, I don't know of any Drive-Ins in my local area. Some people, however, are real fans of the idea of the drive in. I remember them when I was a kid, we still had a few around. I guess I could make a day of going to a drive through with my family. Surely there are Internet resources for finding them.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
14 Oct 08
From my internet search it looks like there is one about 2 hours away from me. May talk my hubby into a road trip. Would make a nice family memory. Hope my back can withstand the trip.
@howard96h (11659)
• New York, New York
14 Oct 08
The good old days, I remember when you had to park next to one of those poles in the ground and hook the speaker on your car window, this is way before they changed over to using the radio in your car. The closest one to me is way over 2 hours away.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Me too. MAy be worth a trip though. So my daughter will have a good memory.
@katsmeow1213 (29047)
• United States
14 Oct 08
We do have one about half an hour away. We went once over this last summer. They actually show double features, so for the small price of $7 per adult and $2 per child we watched Wall-E and Get Smart. It was very nice!
• United States
14 Oct 08
That's a really good price on child tickets.
• United States
14 Oct 08
there is one about an hour from us. We have not used it yet, but we probably will. I used to go all the time when I was a young girl.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
14 Oct 08
May be a good date night!
@shymurl (2768)
• United States
14 Oct 08
That would be awesome to have a drive in theater close by. I have never been to a drive in and think it would be a great experience.
@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
14 Oct 08
Might make a good memory. Do an internet search. There may be one close by.
@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
27 Jan 09
Yeah that is the say way with me, We have one but it is like 2-3 hour drive away. I wish they had one closer since I hate long drives(due to my family always moving driving about for days until they find the next place.) But If I could afford it I would be right there watching the movies on the big screen at least twice a month. I haven't been to a drive in since I was like 6 though. Since my mom has married her current husband who doesn't appreciate things like that. When I was younger we went every weekend. So I am glad that kids nowadays can have the experience we did if they want to.
• United States
15 Oct 08
No, there isn't one nearby. I think that the closest one is about an hour's drive away-- if that one is even still open. I've never actually gone to a drive-in, but I think that they are cool. They possess a certain charm and air of Americana. It is a little slice of what our country can be at its best.
• United States
15 Oct 08
there was one in my city and we use to go there atleast once in a month because its a fun watching movie open air and better than cenima....but unlikely they built a huge resturant there now :( although its an awesome resturant but i dont like it
• Pakistan
15 Oct 08
none in my vicinity. i m sure it must be good experience.
• United States
15 Oct 08
As far as I know there is still a old drive-in movie theater 25 minutes away from where I live now. I use to love going to the drive-in when I was a kid. It was such a fun family weekend event when your a child. We use to pop a large brown paper bag full of popcorn and bring a ice chest full of soda's and if we wanted something hot to eat we sometimes use to visit the concession stand for a hamburger or hot dog. I remember the drive-in would show 3 movies back to back and somehow I would manage to stay awake and watch each movie. The last time I visit a drive-in was in 1990, that drive-in is now closed. I believe the only one open in my city is the one 25 minutes away from me.
@carolscash (9500)
• United States
15 Oct 08
There is a fairly new one near us but I have never been there. It is actually in the cinema parking lot and not an old fashioned drive in. I would like to go to an older one and see what they are like. I went when I was a child,but I really don't remember.
• China
15 Oct 08
drive-in theaters, i never have this experice on this,do they have in domestic?
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
15 Oct 08
I don't think there is or ever was a drive in theater in my area... all movie theaters are indoors... but when i was working abroad... the only way to watch a movie in the big screen is through a drive-in movie theater... and i think it was so cool since it was for free... and we can watch two kinds of movies every night...
• United States
15 Oct 08
They just cloesed the only one I know about around here (Sacramento,CA). That's too bad because I always enjoyed going to the drive in. I did like it better when they had the little speaker that hung on the window, granted it does sound better coming out of the speakers in my car, but I am always afraid of draining my battery. Oh well, it's closed now any way.
• United States
15 Oct 08
Hi ersmommy1. I am so happy that I came across this discussion. We have a drive-in called The Big Mo that reopened in 1999 in the next town over. I have never been to a drive-in theater and have always wanted to take my kids to it but had actually forgotten about it until I read this discussion. I am going to see if I can take my kids there to see a movie in the next 2 or 3 weeks as a treat. Thanks for posting and Happy MyLotting!
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
14 Oct 08
There are not any drive in theaters around here that I know of. I have never been to a drive in before either. It sounds like it might be fun. Much more relaxing than dealing with people talking in the theater. Seats would be more comfortable too.
• United States
14 Oct 08
I love the drive-in theater! We have one in our area and we love it. They are open every night in the summer and after school starts for the kids again, they stay open to finish off the summer months on the weekends. They always play 2 movies and it is really cheap. The food is even good. It is a lot of fun to take the kids there because they usually show a movie for the younger audience first. Ours also only shows new movies and since they always seem to show a movie for the younger audience first, those kind of movies take a little longer before they play them. But they always get the movies that we want to see pretty quickly. We love it!
@KATRINKA (1659)
• United States
14 Oct 08
The drive-in that used to be in my town was turned into a WalMart. There is one about an hour away from where I live. The last time I remember going to one, I must have been in elementary school. I can't remember what we went there to see. My sister and I played on the swings in front of the screen. I remember the walking hotdogs and hamburgers in the animated clip touting the concession stand's offerings. I remember "Naughty Co-eds" coming on the screen and my mother pushing our heads down and telling us to go to sleep.
@rev1wendy (611)
• United States
14 Oct 08
I live near Detroit and there is a drive-in about 20 minutes from me. I raised my kids on the other side of the state and there was a drive-in there until around 1990. I remember, as well as my kids do, filling my old Country Squire station wagon with my kids and 2/3 of the neighborhood and spending many Friday or Saturday evenings there. There was a small playground by the concession stand where we would spend intermission. I would spin the merry-go-round for all the kids there. My 3 kids are all grown, 2 with families of their own and it is still a favorite get-together set of stories. Rev Wendy