I miss the drive-ins

@ugachaka (297)
United States
January 16, 2007 8:40pm CST
I'm fortunate enough to be within a half-hour of one of the last remaining drive-ins in the area but I fear that even that one may slowly be dying off. Movie theaters these days make you pay an arm and a leg to pump sound in your face while you fight some complete stranger for the armrest. While I want the full experience for some blockbuster movies, I'm perfectly happy being in the comfort of own car for most movies. For $6 per person I get to see 2 first-run movies (3 during certain time of year) and in the end, I enjoy the time and money I spent far more. Drive-ins are a dying breed and it's sad to see. It's a classic experience at very reasonable rate. Anyone else feel my pain?
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I remeber when I was little my family use to go to the drive all the time...The first movie I saw at the drive in Godzilla...It was scary yet fun..you didn't have to deal with people talking thew the movies, buying expensive food to eat while watching the movie, no walking in front of you while you are watching the movie, no one kicking your chair, and people bring there whinning babies to the movies...oh how i miss those days....
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@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
17 Jan 07
Hey come visit us we still have a drive-in just a short drive from where we live. Not only is it a drive-in but it is also a camp grounds so you can have a pretty good time without the need to drive at all. And you can make an entire weekend of it and get two nights of all the movies you can watch on the big screen.
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@emeraldisle (13158)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I want our drive in back! I miss having one. We had one just down the road, now it's a Home Depot. It was great to go there and watch movies. Ok so maybe they weren't the ones that were brand new but so what? It was great to see a movie there. You could get up and walk around, go to the concessions, or what have you without missing the movie. We were able to bring food and drinks in so we didn't have to by what they sold. You didn't have to worry about saying something to someone else and getting glares or yelled at. The kids could fall asleep in the back and it wasn't a problem. Just drive on home and then carry them in. They should bring these back. They were great.
@jenalyn (675)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I only got to go to one of those twice in my life. I would love it if we had one near us. I would go to it more than the theater. I guess it's a dying breed because the sound quality in the theaters is part of the experience, other than that and maybe people scared of little hoodlums ruining the experience and not behaving themselves. I guess that would be the reasons I could come up with it not being so popular.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I have a beat up old drive-in that shows movies that have been out for awhile. I'll tell you this though. I believe that the timing is right for a comeback of the drive-in, if the right people (company) backed it with the right amount of capital. Some things can be improved upon or added but I believe people would be absolutely thrilled with an alternative. ‹(°¿°)›
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@arunr175 (1680)
• India
27 Jun 12
This is a 6 year old discussion, I don't know if the drive in in your place still exist but it's good to hear you have watched movies in a drive-in place. I have only heard about it and seen in movies but never had a chance to actually watch a movie in drive-in .,...
• United States
19 Jan 07
I do miss the drive-ins. My very first movie was with my parents and brother at a drive-in in the summer. We saw Old Yeller and it is still one of my favorite movies. We sat out on the hood of the car, ate popcorn and at 7 years old it was the greatest thing my parents had ever done with us!!
• United States
18 Jan 07
I LOOOOOOOOVE the drive-in movies. I actually just went for the first time ever this summer, one of my friends took my son and I while my boyfriend was on a long TDY, she thought 3 movies in a row would take my mind off things. Too bad they were all romantic comedies! Ours is $5 for adults, $2 for kids, and I think its awesome you can take your own food and drinks, seats, etc. and like you said..you arent fighting for an armrest, and who cares if the people next to you are talking, you most likely cant hear them!! They dont run that long around here, because it gets cold so early, and takes awhile to warm up, and the theaters are few and far between, only 3 in the state I think. I hope that someone with some decent capital will come along and buy our local one, and fix it up really nice, it has SO much potential,and the movies are all usually family friendly as well.
@Melizzy (1381)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I too miss drive-ins. We have one left here and it too is barely hanging on. I actually have a couple of speakers from the drive-in we went to as a kid! Did you ever sneak anybody in?
@loujac3 (1189)
• United States
18 Jan 07
I love this topic! I used to go to them all the time when I was growing up. It is the sound quality that was the biggest issue. I remember the area that was designated as a playground for the kids that got bored with the movies. It was fun to get a bunch of us together and go when it was one price for the entire carload. We would even sneak people in in those days. That was the worst problem with the kids that you had to worry about then. We had fun walking around and pointing out the steamy car windows and tapping on their windows and sneaking up on a friend's car and rocking the vehicle. I sure do miss those days! And it is true, we didn't get yelled at for talking to each other. The biggest issue was which couple got the front seat and which got the back seat. You can figure that one out......
• United States
18 Jan 07
I wish that they had drive ins here. I hate going to the movies and having people breathing down neck.
@fabwisp (1328)
17 Jan 07
Wow. I'd love to go to a drive-in movie.
• India
17 Jan 07
yes dude... it's a pain that thay are becoming a rare breade...
• United States
17 Jan 07
We still have a few drive ins around here. I love them. I just can't stay awake that long anymore...lol!!
@dsunny (999)
• India
17 Jan 07
i have never been to a drive in movie so i have no idea about them..
@boogasmom (149)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I never had the chance to go to the drive-ins. I sure wish I had though. It has to be better then going to the mall and fighting with all the teenagers. I took my 6yr old one time and that was enough. I almost killed half a dozen teens for pushing him and making very rude comments. At least with a drive-in you can enjoy the movie and the mood! hint hint
• United States
17 Jan 07
I miss the drive in as well. It was fun to go to KFC or someplace and get Dinner, take it with a blanket and a few drinks and relax and enjoy a Movie with the family. Fond memories, the drive in I grew up by stopped showing movies 5-6 years ago and is only open for weekend swap meets now.
@rajee2007 (331)
• India
17 Jan 07
I agree with ur thoughts. but i miss drin- in very much.
@cupoftea (715)
• United States
17 Jan 07
I agree with you , I miss them also good childhood memories, playing on the playground in yor pj's before movie starts just good times. When my kids were older I started taking them and was gonna make it a regular thing and then all of a sudden thier are no more drive ins. so sad. Needless to say movie night now is rent a few movies and stay home together, we still have fun but my kids dont rember the drive in.
• United States
17 Jan 07
I loved the Drive In Movie theatres. I dont even know where they are any more. I havent been to one since I was a kid. I remember seeing ET. I was laying on the roof of my moms car with my brother. I was watching ET while my brother was watching "The littlest whorehouse it Tx" lol. I wish i knew where one was i would love to go to another one. Good topic