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Old 05-17-2019, 06:23 PM
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The next town over still has an active drive-in. Double features on two different screens, so 4 movies. They don't price by the carload. They show first-run films. Tonight Screen 1 is showing John Wick 3 and The Longshot. Screen 2 is showing Detective Pikachu and Ugly Dolls.

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Old 05-17-2019, 07:17 PM
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Just before drive-ins died (almost) completely here in Australia back in the late1980's, I took my then small kids to watch a double-feature, Milo and Otis, and Child's Play.

Y'know, the movie with Chucky the evil doll? Boy, was I ever mislead about the type of movie THAT was. Yeah, had to leave the drive-in with some slightly traumatized kids.

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Old 05-17-2019, 07:27 PM
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I'm just a few years younger than ThelmaLou, but similar memories. We used to go all the time in the family Corvair. The back seat folded down and all of us kids fit in there. I remember being really little and wearing only my tighty-whities, which was fine as long as I stayed in the car with my pillow and blanket. But if I had to run to the bathroom (barefoot, of course, on the rocky ground) I can remember people hootin' and hollerin' at the skinny little kid scampering by in just his underwear.

We would always make popcorn at home to take. I also remember we would always burn one of those mosquito coils (still available!) on the dashboard to keep the bugs away. I can also remember when we were little falling asleep before the show was over. When we got home mom and dad had to roust us enough to get us into the house and in bed.

As we got older, we moved into bigger vehicles (Suburban) and did the back-in maneuver. My parents would bring lawn chairs and sit outside the car, while us kids sat in the back.

As for the movies, the only one I can remember seeing as a little kid is She. It left an impression on me with the lady in flames! Later on, I remember Burt Reynolds type movies. As a high-schooler, my friends and I only went a couple of times that I recall. Eventually, the place descended into playing some XXX movies every so often, which could be seen from the freeway.

Oddly, (to me, anyway) somewhere along the way I developed a real love of cinema, but it's hard to imagine that it started with drive-in movies?
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Then I went to grad school in Utah, and found that drive-ins were still a Big Deal theater (I understand that they were in the South, as well). Salt Lake city seemed stuck in a Time Warp in many ways -- kids cruised Main Street on Saturday nights, there was a Head Shop above the Art Cinema, and Drive-Ins were still popular and well-patronized.
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Cosmic Areoplane, (the head shop, book/record store) Blue Mouse Theater, Redwood Drive-In.

(the CA was actually next door to the Blue Mouse, which showed "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" every weekend for something like 15 years running.)
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The entrance was next door. Although the Cosmic Aeroplane had a downstairs used-book section, I think it was also partially over the Blue Mouse.

They only showed Rocky Horror Picture Show on Fridays at midnight*, but they showed it for a long time. The responses in SLC were different from those elsewhere in the country ("Not the Family Home Evening Book!" when The Criminologist pulls out the case file).

I haven't been back in years, but apparently they're both gone, now. I still miss them.

And, yeah, the Redwood.

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Gad, thanks for all the memories. The number of times I saw Rocky Horror at the Blue Mouse... oh, my goodness. Utah was always my favorite place to see the film because the SLC responses were different from those elsewhere in the country.

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Fond recollections of the Redwood, too, though no real standout memories. It was a thing to do on some Friday or Saturday nights. A bunch of teens piling into a car to go spend a few hours being typical teenagers at the drive-in. A good night was when you could find a spot with a speaker that wasn't blown. The movies were mostly schlock, but we didn't care. It was a social ritual, to see who was with whom, who was working on being with whom, what everyone was wearing. I don't remember a single specific film.

My favorite drive-in memory was watching the movie Halloween for the first time with my stepmom in Boise, Idaho. We'd stocked up on snacks at the grocery store and had more junk than a dozen people could manage. Part of the fun.

The movie scared us so bad, we could hardly move when it was over -- but we didn't want to stick around the drive-in on our own, either. We got out of there and talked about the film the whole way home.

Just as we pulled into the driveway, my stepmom asked, "What would you do if you saw Michael Myers right now?"

As I considered my response, we both noticed a station wagon with an emblem on the door driving slowly by. Much shrieking ensued and we hightailed it for the front door. I don't think our feet even touched the ground.

Michael Myers pranks figured big in my family for years after.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:44 PM
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I'm sure I went to a few, but don't recall any specific memories, other than driving through Ohio in the 1980s and being able to partially see the screen of a drive-in off the highway that showed adult movies. Looking at maps, it would have been somewhere between Columbus and Toledo, maybe off highway 23?
I was a child at the time and it certainly peaked my interest of looking out the window of the car while driving through Ohio at night.
I remember going by drive-ins showing horror movies when I was a kid - I did not appreciate that.

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I remember the big screen out in a field decaying. They finally tore it down. Now there is a Chevrolet dealership in that spot.
The drive-in where I saw "Star Wars" is a dealership, too - but they left up the screen (at least the last time I checked); I guess it was cheaper to leave it up.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:28 PM
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My favorite drive-in memory was watching the movie Halloween for the first time with my stepmom in Boise, Idaho. We'd stocked up on snacks at the grocery store and had more junk than a dozen people could manage. Part of the fun.
SIGH. Yeah, the memories, whats left of them. I remember there was always a huge line of cars extending out into the road at the Fairview Theater for their drive-in. It's a Ford dealership now. Broadway Drive-in is a mini-storage. The screen is their sign. I can't even tell you where the Midway or the other on I can't remember the name of were anymore. The 3 screen one in Nampa is still there. It was down to one screen for a while. They upgraded to digital projectors a couple years ago, opened a second screen and are supposedly working on bringing the 3rd screen back into service. I'm pretty sure the Parmavu Drive-in is still open. It was a few years ago. All the drive-ins in Idaho are owned by one company now I think.

The Nampa Drive-in shows first run movies and charge per person, but its still cheaper than a regular theater. And there's just something special about the drive-in theater experience. I'm really glad for the Nampa theater, and there was one in Elizabethtown Kentucky too when I was there, so that I could share that with my kids.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:43 PM
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There was a soft-porn drive-in back in West Texas, and we used to sneak in all the time in high school. They were pretty lax about checking IDs. It's where I watched The Farmer's Daughters, in which Spalding Gray notoriously fucked a chicken (hopefully just simulated).
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Us siblings would hide on the floorboard behind the front seat.

I was very young, but I remember seeing The Blob. I think it was in B&W.
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My parents would bring lawn chairs ....
Oh gosh, lawn chairs! Great on hot summer nights--or at other times.

I remember one weekend party up north, with a bunch of friends, when I was in my early twenties. There was a drive-in nearby, and it was showing a movie that my buddy Johnny and I wanted to see. Problem was, that neither of us had our own cars; we had caught rides with others. However, Gary and Annie had a car, and wanted to go to the drive-in, but not necessarily to go to see the movie.

We compromised by putting a couple of lawn chairs in the trunk, along with a cooler of beer. Johnny and I set the chairs in the empty spot next to Gary's car, with the cooler between us, and the speaker cranked to the max. Gary and Annie steamed up the car windows, and Johnny and I enjoyed the movies.
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You're just about to move in,
Thinkin' it's a breeze
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And no more movies"
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Old 05-18-2019, 12:38 PM
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I remember going to a drive-in theater somewhere in Indiana during 1992. We watched a double-feature of Honey, I Blew Up the Kid (which I loved) and Encino Man, which absolutely bored me shitless. While the latter film was playing, I turned around in the car and watched Batman Returns in the far corner of the drive-in.

In the summer of 2000, I visited my girlfriend in South Carolina. We watched the first X-Men film. I'm astonished by the fact that that theater, "The Big Mo", is still in operation!
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When we were young, our parents took us to the drive-in several times a summer, it seems. We saw Mary Poppins, Bambi and other Disney fare. I think we also saw Journey to the Center of the Earth and Cleopatra there.

One time we saw a vampire flick. I have no memory of the movie but they gave out little clear packets, like those you get ketchup and mustard in, as promos. The claim was that it was blood but Pops explained that it wasn't real. Ours lived in our fridge for several years before we moved and it got tossed out.

The family of one of my first grade classmates owned the nearest drive-in. I had the impression that they lived inside the screen, as there were a few windows on the side that faced the highway. Don't know if that was true but I thought it would be cool to live there.

The playground was great. We got to go by ourselves while our parents stayed in the car. There was a ramp that went down to the concession stand that seemed kind of strange to me and the restrooms always had lines and the floor, it seems, was always wet.

In the 70's, they added a swap meet and in the 80's, they became swap meet only. I have a brass skeleton key that I bought there that has been on my key ring ever since. A Home Depot now stands where the theater used to be.


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We really liked ozoners when we were in our 20s (the 1970s) and went to them frequently. The last time we went to one was in 1989 to see the Clint Eastwood movie "Pink Cadillac." It wasn't by choice. I was a newspaper entertainment writer and did an article about a long-closed D-I that re-opened for one last season, and I was there to interview people. The last time we voluntarily went to a drive-in was to see "Purple Rain," with "Cat People" as the co-feature. There are a couple of them still operating (summer weekends only) within reasonable driving distance, and both of them are very well-attended. We've never been motivated to go, but we don't go to indoor theaters anymore either. Who needs the hassle. We just wait for the video release.

And that's one of the two reasons drive-ins disappeared, virtually overnight. In 1985, the top Christmas gift was the VCR. No coincidence that 1986 was the last summer for many drive-ins. People just stopped going and stayed home. In tandem with the new-found ease of home entertainment was urban sprawl. Drive-ins were built on cheap land alongside good roads within a few miles of civilization. When civilization began creeping toward them and housing developments were built, the land skyrocketed in value and the companies that ran drive-ins sold out to shopping center developers. Who wouldn't? Many of the ozoners that still exist are there because they are still out in the boondocks where development isn't desireable, yet.

We live in the Northeast and in their heyday many in this area were open year-round and showed first-run movies. I recall seeing "Summer of 42" in January, using one of their in-car heaters. It was still cold.

Too bad they went away. I love perusing Google images for pictures of abandoned drive-ins. There are few things quite as spooky and forlorn as a long-abandoned drive-in theater.

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Old 05-18-2019, 03:15 PM
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oh the memories. San Jose area in the 60's. We didn't go a lot, but it was such a treat !

- We'd actually bring our pajamas to change into (we needed "play clothes" to take advantage of the playground at the base of the screen before the movies started). How were we to know we weren't the only ones stripping out of their clothes during the movies ? ;-)

- My mom realized what a ripoff the concession stand was early on, so she would make english muffin pizzas and bring them along for dinner.

- I remember that LONG trek to the (single) bathroom somewhat centrally located in the lot. And the even longer, and scarier trek BACK to the car (which you had to locate in the dark) after you were done ! I remember it being such a big "sign of responsibility" when our mom would let us go to the bathroom on our own (likely because she was tired of the treks).

- We would always be so excited about seeing a triple feature...and inevitably barely make it through the 2nd feature before passing out ! (hence the pajamas !)

One other drive-in period tidbit: do you remember catching glimpses of drive-ins as you sped by (like on the freeway), and trying to figure out what movie you were seeing from the 3 second snippet ? We were always feeling like we got to see "some" movie for free as we passed by !
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Sacramento, California also still has an operational drive-in. It's adjacent to Highway 50, and if you drive past at night you can see some of the screens from the highway. It is tempting to try to figure out what's playing as you drive by, but that's probably not a good idea if you're the one driving. Apparently there were some complaints when 50 Shades of Grey was playing, because OMG what if a child sees a brief glimpse of nudity while driving past?

I've only been to see a movie there once, probably over a decade ago now. We sat in lawn chairs, drank beer, and listed to the audio on a boom box someone brought (this theater uses a low power radio station to broadcast the audio rather than those crappy speakers you'd mount in your window). At that time the snack bar and bathrooms felt like a time warp back to the 1970s, but I've herd they have made some improvements since then. Back then they kept claiming that the owner had plans to sell the land to a developer who was going to build a shopping center on the site, so this might be the last summer for the drive-in, better come experience it one last time now. Since that never happened I sometimes wonder if that was just a rumor they started to promote the place (Actually the real story apparently is that the deal fell through when the recession hit in 2009).

We had a drive-in in the relatively rural area where I grew up, in the early 1980s. I only have the vaguest of memories of seeing Follow That Bird (starring Big Bird from Sesame Street) there once. According to my parents we also saw The Muppet Movie there, but I have no memory of that. Also according to my Dad, the projectionist who worked there was a notorious drunk who would often load the reels in the wrong order, but I have no memory of that, either. Come to think of it that would have been the only place to see a movie in that area back then without driving 20-30 miles to the nearest big city.
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Most everyone is talking about drive-ins like they are no more. Do you Dopers not have them in your neck of the woods?

I live not far from the one Balthisar mentioned upthread. They have 9 screens and seem to be doing ok.


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Too bad they went away. I love perusing Google images for pictures of abandoned drive-ins. There are few things quite as spooky and forlorn as a long-abandoned drive-in theater.
What prompted me to start this thread was stumbling across this film on Amazon: Drive-In Movie Memories. You might get a kick out of it. Make some popcorn and put on your jammies first.
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Do you Dopers not have them in your neck of the woods?
I'm now in San Diego and there are only 2 left in operation. I know of one where the land is used as a swap meet. But all the rest have been built over - the land is just that much more valuable down here.
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Most everyone is talking about drive-ins like they are no more. Do you Dopers not have them in your neck of the woods?
There aren't many left in the U.S., period. Several articles I'm finding online indicate there's only around 300 or so (down from 4000 in the late 1950s); Wikipedia quotes a source indicating that there were around 330 in 2017.

Also, this article indicates that the theater industry's switch to digital distribution of films has hit the remaining drive-ins hard; it costs about $70,000 to switch a drive-in projector over to digital, compared to about $35,000 for a traditional theater (as the drive-in needs a more powerful bulb).
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And, in direct answer to Mean Mr. Mustard's question:

There's apparently only one drive-in left in the Chicago area, in the far NW suburbs (McHenry). There was also one in the far western suburbs (in West Chicago), but this article indicates that it closed earlier this year, and the owner is planning to sell the land.

This article, from a Rockford radio station, lists eleven drive-ins in Illinois (including the defunct theater in West Chicago), but the rest are all several hours away from Chicago.
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I live not far from the one Balthisar mentioned upthread. They have 9 screens and seem to be doing ok.


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The only time I can recall going to a drive-in was in Fort Worth in '91, the summer after graduating high school. I went with several friends. IIRC, the movie was Terminator 2, but we all had already seen it in a regular theater so I think we spent most of the time just talking.
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The only time I remember going to a drive-in was during a trip to southern California in 1984 (post-Olympics). I remember seeing "Cloak and Dagger" and "Red Dawn" at the drive-in in Escondido (not sure if it was a double feature or two separate nights).
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According to what I'm seeing on Google, there are only five operating drive-ins in all of Washington state.

There is one a few miles from me that still has a screen but has been swap meet only for a couple of decades now, I believe. And by swap meet, I mean that at least half of the stalls are filled with new stuff bought in bulk from China and not the cool old hodgepodge that was so fun to sort through back in the the day.
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According to what I'm seeing on Google, there are only five operating drive-ins in all of Washington state.

There is one a few miles from me that still has a screen but has been swap meet only for a couple of decades now, I believe. And by swap meet, I mean that at least half of the stalls are filled with new stuff bought in bulk from China and not the cool old hodgepodge that was so fun to sort through back in the the day.
And if the Lakewood PD is to be believed, much of the rest "fell off a truck" somewhere.

Closest active one appears to be near Shelton, about 35 miles as the guttersnipe flies (more like 45 miles by road).
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Based on this discussion, and looking at lists of still-active drive-ins in a few states, it seems like there are a couple of potential factors for those which have remained (most seem to meet at least one of these criteria):
- In a small town, where there probably isn't an indoor theater nearby (and where real estate prices aren't high enough to make the property too attractive to sell)
- In an area of the country where the weather is amenable to year-round operation (or close to it)
- In a tourist area

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I lost my virginity in a car at a drive-in theater. It was not a lovely romantic experience.
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What prompted me to start this thread was stumbling across this film on Amazon: Drive-In Movie Memories. You might get a kick out of it. Make some popcorn and put on your jammies first.
This one's not a documentary, but rather a comedy about the goings-on in one night at a drive-in theatre:

Drive-In

Not sure if it's available anywhere any more, but it's worth watching. It will bring back a lot of memories also.
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The only story I can relate without fear of banning is this one time we went as kids, and I wanted to hit the snack stand ahead of the crowd in between films. So, while the credits were rolling for the first film, I take of at a full run through the rows of cars towards Pop-Corn Nirvana.

Now, usually, you pull the car up with the driver's window next to the speaker. You don't run down the driver's side of the cars, you run down the passenger side.

Except this one car. Pulled in and took the speaker from the right side and hung it in the passenger side window. Well, in the dark, I caught that wire about chest high and blew that window out, ripped the speaker off the pole. It was pretty exciting!

I hauled major ass and hid out in the bathroom for a while. I managed to sneak back to our car, sans pop-corn and keeping a very low profile.
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And if the Lakewood PD is to be believed, much of the rest "fell off a truck" somewhere.
Well, they've been told that by some very upstanding citizens so it must be true.
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There's one about an hour and a half drive away, we make the trek some weekends when there's a good double feature playing. Two screens, one currently has Detective Pikachu and Avengers.
Concessions are pretty good, but they seem to have dropped the arcade. 😒
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When I was little in the '70s we'd go to the drive-in in 2 cars. 25 years later we took our kids to the same drive-in along with their cousins. One of the movies I remember watching with the kids was Arachnophobia. Half-way through the movie the film melted.

The weather has not been cooperating otherwise the Mister and I would have went to see Detective Pikachu. It's been playing for 2 weeks now and the line cars starts at 5pm and stretches from the pay hut to the highway.
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There's still one near me. I like to go at least once or twice during the summer.

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My first drive-in movie was Shane(spoiler-He doesn't come back).
My last drive-in movie was a double feature-Halloween and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band(spoiler-Nobody wants it to come back).
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This may be your first (and only?) British drive-in memory.

Thirtyish years ago friends moved to upstate NY for a year. We (Mrs Trep and I) flew out to spend a couple of weeks with them, and they took us to a drive-in because, obviously, you would. I remember we saw The Blob - the remake was made in 1988 (says Wiki) so that sounds about right. Tedious film, but then we didn't go for the film particularly. (Perhaps I should explain, given the above accounts of what happened in these places, we went for the American Cultural Experience.)

What I remember most about the experience is that part-way through the film a skunk walked past the car. I had never seen a skunk before, and I was entranced - so I followed it through the lot. I suppose (given the accounts above) this may have perturbed the occupants of some of the cars; but I had no idea at the time. Also, coolly reflecting later, it was a pretty stupid thing to do. But hell, nobody died.

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WOW! I didn't know any still existed. It sounds pretty sophisticated.
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Thirtyish years ago friends moved to upstate NY for a year. We (Mrs Trep and I) flew out to spend a couple of weeks with them, and they took us to a drive-in because, obviously, you would. I remember we saw The Blob - the remake was made in 1988 (says Wiki) so that sounds about right. Tedious film, but then we didn't go for the film particularly. (Perhaps I should explain, given the above accounts of what happened in these places, we went for the American Cultural Experience.)
The Blob is exactly the sort of campy, low budget horror movie that is typically associated with American drive-ins, so I say you made the right choice if you were looking for the "American Cultural Experience".

On that note, I've heard that drive-ins were the origin of the term "B-movie". Back when drive-ins typically showed double features, they'd have the main attraction that got top billing, and the other movie was the "B-movie" (like the B side of a record), which was typical some sort of low budget horror or sci-fi movie.
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Pretty sure "B-movie" predates drive-in movies.
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Old 05-20-2019, 03:30 PM
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Correction: looking at Wikipedia suggests 1) drive ins started a lot earlier than I thought, but 2) B movie had to do with double features whether or not they were happening in a drive in

Now I'm wondering if B-movie (the term) predated "B side"
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I have two drive-ins still open within 20 minutes of me. We go to the closer one regularly. We support its ongoing existence by visiting the concession stand religiously when we go. It’s inexpensive, good food.
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The Blob is exactly the sort of campy, low budget horror movie that is typically associated with American drive-ins, so I say you made the right choice if you were looking for the "American Cultural Experience".
I remember going to see The Green Slime at a drive-in at Big Bear Lake, California in 1969.
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I’ve been to a drive-in just a handful of times but the only time I remember was a first date. The movie was “Lady Sings the Blues” which means 1972 and I was 17. I met the guy a few nights before at a Allman Brothers concert. I knew nothing about him except he was cute and seemed nice.

At first I didn’t think much when he picked me up in a van. Hippie vans were still common and popular. But after we arrived at the movie I glanced in the back and saw it was clearly a party room complete with a mattress. I felt sick and asked him to take me home. He did, without hesitation, and I felt fine shortly after he left. We dated a few times after, but this is the only memory I have of him or being at a drive-in.
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In the first or second grade I went to a Jerry Lewis double feature with a classmate and his family. I don't remember the title of the first movie but the second was Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the Water. That title always stuck with me partly because the drive-in was right next to a bridge over a river but mainly because the title sounded so absurd to 8-year-old me. Heck, it sounds absurd to much, much older me, too. But, hey, Jerry Lewis.

That theater died in the early seventies, as I recall. Don't know why as other drive-ins in the area were still going strong. It stood abandoned for several years before Boeing bought the property and built an office building there. They thoughtfully put in a nice walkway alongside the river for their employees to use.

In high school, a friend of mine bought a car. (Ford Pinto. Woohoo! ) We were tootling by another drive-in one night when they were showing Carrie. We didn't want to go in because it had already started so we pulled into a gas station parking lot, where you could see the screen at an angle. We couldn't hear it, of course, but I was hoping to see the famous bucket o' blood scene. It was too early, though, and my friend wanted to get going so I had to wait until it was on TV several years later.
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Drive-ins require a substantial amount of land. In most places the land could more profitably be used for something else.
Yet many,(most?) of the old drive-ins are not an undulating parking lot, or weeds.
At least around here.

Of the 7 drive-ins that we used to go to, 2 are now fleamarkets. 1 has turned into a warehouse-style shopping center. And the other 4 are just sitting there.
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The last time I saw a drive-in movie it was "Meatballs" on Long island in 1979. I thought the movie sucked ass, mostly because I could not relate to it, never having gone to sleep-away camp. The shitty experience soured me on the concept. Still, the place lasted until 1997.
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A double feature of Westworld and Soylent Green at the Fort Twin Drive In outside Lynchburg, Va, in the early seventies. College guys, drugs, beer. Good times.

The old Red Run Drive In outside Waynesboro, Pa showed hard core porn at least into the early eighties. Uh, so I've been told. Yeah.
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There was a spot off the Appilacian Trail in Maryland where, off in the distance, where you could see one of the last drive ins in the state.

When I was in high school and broke we used to sneak up next to the fence and watch the movies, you could hear the sound from the speakers ( the kind that hung on the door of the car) just fine.
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As a little kid in the Intermountain area, drive-ins always fascinated me. The giant screens, the signs, the remarkable remoteness of some of them.

The earliest sign I remember was for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Some discussion among the adults when they saw that about whether such a racy movie should be playing in a drive-in. But didn't go to any of those.

There was one near us when we moved to civilization. But, again, no one took us to see that one when I was a kid. Later converted to a multiplex. On a trip back I saw Mystery Men at the plex. Now even that's closed.

I think the first movie I saw in a drive-in was Help! thanks to an older sibling. (Who also took me to see A Hard Day's Night in a theater.) I think it was oon a double feature about a guy named "Noah" (?) leading an African tribe, etc. to new digs due to the construction of a dam. (Ring any bells?)

Finally, in late teen years starting to go to drive-ins, but not that often, for the usual reason. Typical low-budget horror/action double features.

Mrs. FtG and I went to a drive-in or two when we dated and then once in a great while after that.

I know we took the kids to maybe a couple movies at the area drive-in but can't remember which movies. That drive-in also became a multiplex and is still open. (So I've seen films at two locations in both drive-in and theater formats.)
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