8.27.2013

Drive-In

The drive-in movie theater is celebrating it's 80th anniversary this year. Did you know that there were 4,000 drive-in movie theaters across the US in the '60s? Now there are only 366. The cost of land, invention of color televisions, video rentals, seasonal use, daylight savings time, and digital conversion are all a part of the decline. Sad!





When I was in college, we lived right across the street from a two screen drive-in that opened in the '70s. I only went twice; once with friends and once with Jacob. It was always kind of fun tuning into the correct radio station in our living room and listening to whatever movie was playing though. This was our view:


Here was our apartment


Unfortunately, it closed down my last year of school and was turned into a campus park-and-ride the year after I graduated. There are only nine drive-ins left in Washington state, but lucky for us, there's one ten minutes away from my house and it actually does pretty well. It switched to digital two years go and sells out most weekends because they show the latest blockbusters. My parents took us quite a bit as kids. I remember getting there early and playing at the playground before the sun set, then lying in the back of the minivan, watching movies until we fell asleep. This was also back in the day when you had to put the speaker in your window so we could hardly even hear the movie. Awesome.


I spent a lot of time there in high school too, piling as many friends as we could fit into very few cars and lying on the ground, on top of cars, or bringing lawn chairs. It was always fun to mingle with the teens from nearby high schools and we never paid much attention to the movie. Of course I went on a few dates at the drive-in too. I even went a few times with friends before I had kids, but I hadn't been in 7 or 8 years. That had to change. The problem is finding someone that wants to babysit from 8:00 pm to 1:30 am. Luckily my in-laws were happy to watch HGTV while the kids slept, so Jacob and I were finally able to go. We saw We're The Millers (see here for my review). 2 Guns played afterward, but Jacob worked that morning and was too tired to stay. Bummer. Still, it was a really fun date. I hope we get to go again soon.


Have you ever been to the drive-in?

10 comments:

Christianna said...

I have a drive in about 30 minutes from my house and I go all the time. Sadly the older we get the less we go, but it used to be the cool thing in my teens/early twenties. By the way, when did it become normal to say early twenties?

Mrs Independent said...

I had one within a short drive growing up in MA and it was always a treat to go. It is super inexpensive and they did a double feature - a movie for the kiddos and then a more adult one. I'll have to look into some of the drive ins here in WA!

Kristine said...

Where is this drive-in you speak of?! I must go to one! I've only been once and it was in Oregon :(

Suze said...

I think the drive in is so cool. I'm sad that they all seem to be closing. My dad has a classic car and I would love to go to one in that sometime!

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love drive ins. The one close to me closed. Grrr.

Karen M. Peterson said...

I used to love going to the drive in. It's been years since I've been to one, but back in college we used to go a lot. It was so much fun.

Misty said...

I went as a kid a few times and once in high school. We still have a drive-in about 20 minutes from the house. We never go though.

Jen said...

We have a drive in like 15 mins from us. They always sell out too. They always play family friendly movies. I took the boys over the summer. They really weren't into it.

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I miss the drive in, there is one about 45 minute drive from us but haven't been there ever, Jessica likes to go to the drive in the last time she went she took Blain & Leo along with her dad

Tiffany @ Polka Dotted Cats said...

I've never ever been to a drive in :( The one by us was too scary!