Tuesday, November 30, 2010


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When my other half and I were dating back in the stone ages, when the earth was still cooling and dinosaurs still roamed the earth, we got “hot and heavy” at drive-ins. I had never been to one before we started going out. It wasn’t long before I could see the appeal!

I learned quickly that the first movie was the one you were actually supposed to watch, but the second one was for background noise. The snack bar was like a working display for the Smithsonian Institute with sticky counters, out-of-date arcade games and bad food. But I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

I could literally feel the history and hear the laughter of the people who came before us in decades past. The cars were different, the fashions were different but the essence was the same. There were hormonal teens, friends who hid each other for cheaper entry and couples with noisy kids.

With the intrusion of urban sprawl and too much light pollution, drive-ins have slowly but surely disappeared. The one we used to go to is now the site of a mega mall. Yawn. Now the closest drive-in is an hour’s drive north. And even that one is located too close to a major highway. It’s not just their physical demise, but the mindsets of people seem to have changed a lot. Along with giant indoor shopping centres, they also want the cinema equivalent, which feels so impersonal and full of other distractions. People aren’t concerned about that community feel anymore. Even small, independently owned movie theatres are in jeopardy these days as the conglomerates have all but swallowed up the little man.

The next time you hear about or pass by a drive-in, go for a movie, even if it’s a bad one. The experience will be well worth it!

Here are some drive-in memorabilia items available now

Vintage Style Sign ANDY'S DRIVE-IN Car Hop Burgers

vintage DRIVE IN THEATRE coca cola light up FANTA SIGN


Marie-Anne said...

There's an old drive-in for sale near me. I wonder what will become of it?

Brittany_Va-Voom Vintage said...

I have been dying to go to a drive-in! There's one about 2 hours from my house, but I think it would be worth the drive. My mother in law told me that she used to go as a kid every week. They would pack all 4 kids in the back of the car with pillows and blankets and snacks. The kids would fall asleep before the end of the first movie and then my husband's grandparents could enjoy the second movie!

BaronessVonVintage said...

I agree that drive ins are fun and all but extinct. To be honest, though, I do think they also remind us of how, in the 1950s, especially, society really pushed the culture of the car. BIG, gas guzzling, air polluting boats, really. That being said, f you think about it, it's sort of surprising that drive ins are on their way out, given the sort of "drive-through" nation we now live in, where everyone does everything else in or from their cars (banking, drive through dining, etc). One way or another, the demise of the drive in does represent the loss of a piece of cultural history.

Kim Bombshell said...

I am so fortunate that where I live we still have a Drive-in theater. In the summer, when the children are out of school, we pack them into the car every Tuesday for "family night" where kids are free and adults are $4.50. That's right, the whole family sees a first run movie for $9! I hope they never close it.

Mick said...

Thats why I made my own! The town I live in once upon a time boasted 4 Drive-In Movie theaters but all of them closed in the 70's and then stuff was built on them.

Hello Jodi said...

I feel so bad having one so close and not going last summer! They played a bunch of crap films though. It's the largest gang of white trash you will see outside of a swap meet, which makes for great people watching/listening. And it's easy to sneak in booze.