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(Wikipedia)   80 years ago today Richard Hollingshead, Jr. opened the world's first drive-in movie theater. Turn off your headlights, grab some popcorn, and share a few of your drive in movie memories   (en.wikipedia.org) divider line 111
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2013-06-06 12:33:25 AM
There's still an active drive-in in Enderby, BC. It's near my cottage in the Okanagan valley. Once a year we make it a point to go. Great times.
 
2013-06-06 06:37:33 AM
My last time in a drive-in was, oh, summer of 1988.  Double header, with Crocodile Dundee 2 and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.  I was working at a rural summer camp, and went with some fellow employees.
 
2013-06-06 06:43:53 AM
Otherwise.. I know I was in a drive thru a few times, but don't remember them well.  At least one showing of 'The Cat from Outer Space', back in the 70's.
 
2013-06-06 06:59:09 AM
I grew up in a trailer park directly across the street from a drive-in, called Bengie's. It's still around, I believe. I went in the mid 90s with some friends to see Face/Off.
 
2013-06-06 07:02:40 AM
Took a girl to the drive-in at Weirs Beach N.H., saw Mimic(I think) and Copland.  Thought I'd get lucky when the movies were over but on the ride home we heard that Princess Diana had died and that totally killed her mood.
 
2013-06-06 07:14:23 AM
I just ate at the Sci-Fi Drive-In Diner in Disney Hollywood Studios so I'm really getting a kick.....
 
2013-06-06 07:17:17 AM
Who wants to eat and drink in the goddamned car? And then you'll spill your popcorn all over the floor and the roaches will invade and you'll never get that car clean again.

Nosirree Bob. Never been to the drive-in movie and never plan to.
 
2013-06-06 07:25:11 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: Who wants to eat and drink in the goddamned car? And then you'll spill your popcorn all over the floor and the roaches will invade and you'll never get that car clean again.

Nosirree Bob. Never been to the drive-in movie and never plan to.


One method was to use a pickup truck, and toss a few old mattresses in the back, and watch from there.
 
2013-06-06 07:27:05 AM
Sittin in the back of the old land cruiser eating crab wings and buffalo legs watching Disney with the kids, silhouettes of 14teeners in the distance and an occasional shooting star....Buena Vista, CO. drive-in. Awesome.
 
2013-06-06 07:30:34 AM
I saw The Blues Brothers, E.T., and Firefox all at the drive-in when i was a kid. Good times.
 
2013-06-06 07:32:31 AM
Edgemere Drive In. Shrewsbury MA.. As a teenagers we could walk in and sit along the back fence on the grass. Drink Boone's Farm apple wine and smoke our little hearts out under the summer night.

Could see the giant screen driving down the big hill on Route 20. Later porn movies being viewed by hopped up truckers running red lights as the 20' bush gyrated towards them above the tree line.

 Central Massachusetts growing up in the 70's had dozen Drive ins .

Took my kid to first drive in last year.
Tiger Drive In located Tiger Georgia.
As country as you could imagine.
Lots of fun.

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2013-06-06 07:35:02 AM
Saw Jaws during it's first run at the drive in
 
2013-06-06 07:35:31 AM
There's a drive-in in Indiana that's close, been open since 1951. Saw "Grindhouse" there a few  years back, complete with actually going to the snack bar during intermission. It was the second of a double feature, so we got home rather late. Still, it was worth it to see "Grindhouse" in a drive-in.
 
2013-06-06 07:41:00 AM
My only drive-in memory is my conception.
 
2013-06-06 07:44:05 AM
The White River Drive-In in White River Junction, VT.  All that's left now is the marquee that they currently use to announce meetings and church bazaars.  The lot itself is now a hotel, a McDonalds, etc.  I saw The Exorcist there when I was six years old, because my parents couldn't get a babysitter and assumed I'd fall asleep.  Later on, one of my best memories was seeing John Carpenter's The Thing.  Everybody in the car was screaming.
(Also loved how everybody started honking when good stuff happened on screen - like when they blew up the Death Star in Star Wars.   Good times.)
 
2013-06-06 07:44:31 AM
I saw the premier of Star Wars at the Hazlet Drive in.
My sis and I sat on top of the car roof eating pizza.
 
2013-06-06 07:47:27 AM
When I was about 13, my parents piled us kids in the car and took us to the drive-in to see the original Walking Tall. During the scene at the bar, my 10 year old brother got his first look at naked boobies. He was thrilled, my mother was not and I cracked up laughing at the two of them.
 
2013-06-06 07:47:37 AM

CarnySaur: The White River Drive-In in White River Junction, VT.  All that's left now is the marquee that they currently use to announce meetings and church bazaars.  The lot itself is now a hotel, a McDonalds, etc.  I saw The Exorcist there when I was six years old, because my parents couldn't get a babysitter and assumed I'd fall asleep.  Later on, one of my best memories was seeing John Carpenter's The Thing.  Everybody in the car was screaming.
(Also loved how everybody started honking when good stuff happened on screen - like when they blew up the Death Star in Star Wars.   Good times.)


We got one in Colchester and one in St Albans.
 
2013-06-06 07:51:20 AM

EyeballKid: There's a drive-in in Indiana that's close, been open since 1951. Saw "Grindhouse" there a few  years back, complete with actually going to the snack bar during intermission. It was the second of a double feature, so we got home rather late. Still, it was worth it to see "Grindhouse" in a drive-in.


Epic.
I'm jealous.


I took my girlfriend and her best friend to a drive in as soon as I got my license.
They dragged me into the back seat to teach me how to kiss. A cop knocked on the window and one of them rolled it down. He said, "What are you doing?"
The other girl said, "We're teaching him how to kiss" and the cop just laughed and said, "Carry on, then. Carry on." and walked away.
 
2013-06-06 07:53:08 AM
The drive-in near me closed just this year and sold to a developer.  I don't even know where one is that is still open... :^(
 
2013-06-06 08:02:15 AM

vudukungfu: took my girlfriend and her best friend to a drive in as soon as I got my license.
They dragged me into the back seat to teach me how to kiss. A cop knocked on the window and one of them rolled it down. He said, "What are you doing?"
The other girl said, "We're teaching him how to kiss" and the cop just laughed and said, "Carry on, then. Carry on." and walked away.



And you're jealous of my drive-in story?!
 
2013-06-06 08:07:30 AM
I got to see the Goonies, Temple of doom, and Return of the Jedi at the drive in.

I still go up to the Cherry Bowl in traverse city every year.  I won't get there this year - but I'm hoping they are still open for next year's vacation!
 
2013-06-06 08:10:04 AM
We used to all meet in the Big 5 parking lot and pile into the cargo area of my friend's Mercury station wagon or my Volare station wagon and get 10 or 12 people in for $5 during the "by the carload" night in Carrolltown.  The only problem was that it was hard to fit all the beer in the car when it was filled to the brim with people.  But we managed.
 
2013-06-06 08:11:03 AM
Never been.

It's on my "Bucket List" for this Summer though.
 
2013-06-06 08:12:58 AM
the drive in in my town used to show adult films way back in the day (50s and 60s). the problem though was that you could see the screen from the interstate and it cause so many crashes they moved it to the next field over and faced it the other way. We used to go in the 90s, it was good fun as long as you didn't care about the movie since usually the sound was terrible even through your car radio.
 
2013-06-06 08:14:36 AM
I only went to one once with my dad somewhere in the Memphis area.

That's where I first saw Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

(It was a double feature opening with Naked Gun 2 1/2).
 
2013-06-06 08:21:49 AM
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Took this chick to the Starlight Six.  After fifteen arduous minutes of Ocean's Twelve, I decided to show her my O face.
 
2013-06-06 08:22:25 AM
2 of them still operating in CT - one of them is a nice 3-screen setup that shows first/second run double-features.

And I too miss the good old days growing up outside of Pittsburgh... sneaking out of the house at night to bike to the nearby porn drive-in... good times, man... good times.
 
2013-06-06 08:28:08 AM
I only remember going once, well over 30 years ago.

Our parents made my brother and I lay down in sleeping bags in the back of the pickup, from where we couldn't even see the screen.

My theory is that they just couldn't find a babysitter for their date that night.
 
2013-06-06 08:29:02 AM
I remember seeing "Star Wars" at a drive-in in California, my mom feel asleep while watching it.

Also, I can't believe I'm first with this:

"The drive-in will never die"
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2013-06-06 08:34:13 AM
I had a coupld of friends who are brothers.  Their mother took us to a drive-in when we wer around 13-14.  Not sure what the 1st movie was but the second was a very hard R rated film.  Needless to say, after 10 minutes she started the car and we left.
 
2013-06-06 08:41:04 AM
My dad took us to see the Terminator when 10 and my brother was 9.  His second wife looks like Linda Hamilton. I have no idea if those two things go together.
 
2013-06-06 08:42:32 AM
I have only vague memories of going to the drive-in as a kid on Long Island. The last movie we saw at a drive-in was Superman IV: The Quest for Peace...
 
2013-06-06 08:43:23 AM
I remember going to the theater to watch a movie, kinda of don't even remember what it was to be honest. My parents had taken me, but I fell asleep half way through the film. In any event I woke up a little bit later and my folks having seen me fall asleep decided to move to another screen so they could watch another movie...that movie being Die Hard.

So one of my earliest experiences was watching Die Hard through one half closed eye while under a blanket in my parents back seat of their 74 Camero at 8 years old.
 
2013-06-06 08:44:36 AM
i saw star wars and alien with my parents at the drive in. i was like 5 0r 6.

oh sandy
 
2013-06-06 08:46:02 AM
subby here! Thanks to everyone for sharing their memories, seriously.

My folks took me to the drive in movies since I was a baby. As a kid, it was always an adventure. Almost every drive in had a playground back in the 70's, so it was a treat to visit new and different playgrounds. I had a lot of fun running around with my friends, lying in the bed of a pickup truck looking up at the screen and the stars, or falling asleep in the back seat. I barely remember the movies, though. I recall "Bug" and "The Car".

Years later, it was a kick to see "Grindhouse" at the drive in and hear the characters on screen talk about "Vanishing Point", another movie I saw at the drive in as a little kid.

In Atlanta, there's a drive in movie theater called the Starlight Six (still open all year long.) Every Labor Day weekend they have a little festival called the Drive Invasion. Classic car show, lots of little booths selling trinkets or grilling all kinds of different foods, rockabilly and surf bands playing all day long, and then movies from sundown to sunup. I saw "Blazing Saddles" there a few years back and it was a awesomely great time. It also has a very high ratio of gentlemen with tattoos and ladies with Bettie Page hairstyles. It's retro greaser heaven.

Unfortunately, the Drive Invasion doesn't get a lot of attention because it's the same weekend as Dragon*Con,
 
2013-06-06 08:48:32 AM
There was an old drive-in, the Star-View, on the school bus route to my high school.  It ran pornos, and it was always fun to read the titles as the bus went by. They also had a radio repeater and so you could park across the street and tune in the sound track.  When I was sixteen, I told my parents I was driving to the roller rink to meet friends, and I drove tot he Star View, to see my first x-rated film: Debbie Does Dallas.


Have gone to normal drive-ins since then, one of the great experiences was taking the kids to see "Cars", plus staying for the credits, set IN a drive-in.  It blew their minds.  The had no idea why all these people were sitting in an parking lot and what the big white wall was for.
 
2013-06-06 08:53:14 AM
I'm pleased to say the last drive-in movie I saw was with my brother and his friend and it was a double feature:  Bruce Lee's Enter the Dragon and Jackie Chan's The Big Brawl.  People applauded by blowing their car horns and we must have kept the neighborhood up half the night.
 
2013-06-06 08:53:44 AM

Any Pie Left: the Star-View


Heh, I had an old GF that liked to take me there.  She took me there all right.
 
2013-06-06 08:56:54 AM
I thought for sure our `somewhat' local drive-in was going to close due to the film industry switching to digital projection - but they somehow found the cash to upgrade. This is surprising considering the snack-bar hasn't change a bit since the 70's and the washrooms -well- let's just say folks prefer going outdoors - even the ladies.
Hopefully I won't flatten the van battery there this year due to a long-winded movie that just doesn't know when to end. (I'm looking at you, Shakespeare-wannabe Batman!)

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2013-06-06 09:15:56 AM

thatguyoverthere70: In Atlanta, there's a drive in movie theater called the Starlight Six (still open all year long.) Every Labor Day weekend they have a little festival called the Drive Invasion.


I go to that every year, it rocks. Makes me long for a car with front bench seat.  Oh and check out the Flea Market sometime it is interesting to say the least.

/Starlight 6 on a regular Summer Saturday night is a block party sometimes.
 
2013-06-06 09:16:23 AM
2 words
Blackford County Drive-In... more action on the screen than in the cars !
 
2013-06-06 09:16:46 AM
Parents took us to see Cleopatra. I was 6. Sisters were 13 and 16. As a young adult I took a date to Taxi Driver. I know there are others but those are the only 2 that stand out.
 
2013-06-06 09:19:48 AM
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Obscure? Hope not. Great song.
 
2013-06-06 09:24:54 AM
Ah the drive in. So many memories. Once, when I was nearly 17, took Carol Meineke (NHRN) to the drive in. I was sporting my best disco outfit, of a ll things, to impress. I was driving my uncle's '71 Dodge Charger. Not only was it far cooler than my Grandmother's maverick, it had that drive in essential, bench seats (rare in a Charger, indicative of the base model 318 V8 BTW). I was also equipped with two bottle of Boone's Farm Strawberry Hill, and classy guy that I am, plastic cups and ice.

The movie was boring (as I intended), and Carol was hot to trot, so we were busy steaming up the windows as teenager are wont to do. Her kisses were hungry and hungry and passionate, or maybe just hungry because I had skipped the hotdogs and popcorn she shyly suggested. Once the windows were opaque from the condensation of our heaving breath, I suggested we move the party to the even darker and secluded rear seat. She lept over the seatback with very encouraging and perhaps slightly drunken enthusiasm. This date was going places!

Unfortunately, because I am a dumbass, I let my buddies know we were going to the movie, and just as I thought I was going to make significant headway in my sexual experience, they snuck up and started rocking the car from outside, laughing and making smartass comments.

Not one to let these uncultured ruffians and enemies of true romance interfere with our blossoming sexual explorations, I wiped the sweat from my brow with some of the tissue paper i found in Carols bra, jumped back into the driver's seat, and cursing my pals for being assholes, fired up growling V8 and shoved the Charger into gear, spinning tire and shooting gravel at my cockblocking faux-pals.

In my haste I decided that the faster way out of the lot was to go over the humps of the drive in rather than to the end of our row. I made it to the end of the row, and was dismayed by a loud scrunch and scrape under the rear of the car. For some reason I thought it was a good idea to back up, perhaps dislodge whatever got stuck back there. Another screechy scrunch. I'd have to stop and get under the car to see what I'd run over.

I could see the problem - the violence of  jumping the rises broke the tenuous muffler mounting that just the previous week I had reinforced with fresh coathangers. Crawling under the car in my disco duds in the gravel of the lot, I could see that not only had the muffler been nearly torn from the tailpipe, my backup move had thrust it up and punctured the gas tank.  A trickle of regular leaded gas was coming out. I had to crawl underneath in my groovy disco duds to dislodge the muffler and tailpipe, getting soaked with gasoline in the process.

I put the gnarled muffler in the trunk, since I was certain it was still usable with newer coathangers and perhaps a genuing muffler clamp this time, and jumped back into the driver's seat to continue my exploration of Carol's girly parts, but for some reason her passion was ironically extinguished by the explosive scent that now pervaded the car. She demanded we go home immecdiately, and worried the whole way that someone would throw a cigarette from a another car, and a trail of flames would follow us until our inevitable explosion.

Funny she never went out with me again.
 
2013-06-06 09:27:21 AM
My dad took our family to see Animal House. I was 8 and my sister 6. A couple of years later he took us to see Used Cars. I remember walking my 10 year old prepubescent ass across the lot all by myself to the snack bar & to use the ladies room. Good times!
 
2013-06-06 09:29:23 AM
The Exorcist came out in '73, but in '79 I watched it from the cargo bay in my parent's Malibu Classic wagon. I was 8. They thought I was asleep. Scared the shiat out of me. Something about hearing that movie through the tinny drive-in speaker made it even scarier.
 
2013-06-06 09:31:12 AM
 
2013-06-06 09:38:04 AM
Folks piled their herd of 5 kids into the 1970 Chevy van and off to the drive-in we went.  It was supposed to be Disney night, or so they thought.  But...they got the dates mixed up.

It was horror night.  And the first movie was about Bigfoot.  Attacking a bunch of campers in a van in the dark. Did I mention we were in the family van?

The nightmares stopped a while back, but I still occasionally start twitching for no reason at all.
 
2013-06-06 09:39:02 AM
When I was ten, I saw my first movie boobs at a drive in. It was "Stripes", and they were huge in the drive in screen.
 
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