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(KTAR Phoenix)   As more and more movies studios phase out 35-millimeter film prints, more and more drive-in theaters will have to be closed because they can't afford the digital upgrades. In other news, what's a drive-in theater?   (ktar.com) divider line 81
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2013-08-18 05:19:57 AM
the area I live in is taking up a collection for the local drive in so the owners(a elderly retired couple) can buy the equipment.

I really hope they do. I really like having it around.
 
2013-08-18 06:04:31 AM
Ah, another drive-in thread.

My last time in one was in 1988.  Double feature: Crocodile Dundee II, and Planes, Trains, and Automobiles.
 
2013-08-18 06:15:10 AM
I think the last time I went to a Drive-In Theater was around 1996 to see DragonHeart at the Winnetka Drive-In.

Now it's the Pacific Winnetka Giganto-Plex 21.
 
2013-08-18 06:26:11 AM
The drive-in near me went digital a few years ago. They had a sellout crowd on Canada Day weekend and tweeted both a thank-you and apology in 140 characters...


Neptune Drive-in @NeptuneDrivein 30 Jun
Thank you to all our amazing customers for your patience and understanding with events this evening at the Drive-in. #soldout
 
2013-08-18 06:34:11 AM
A drive-in theater is one where you watch the movie from your car submitter.

Oh wait, you think you're being funny by pretending to be ignorant. Oh. haha.
 
2013-08-18 06:51:34 AM
Which one's Log-Jammin'?

/He fixes the cable?
 
2013-08-18 06:55:33 AM
I remember there being one in my town, which sat as a big vacant lot for years. Later the place became a K-Mart, which has sat empty for just about as long.

Double sadness is that at about the spot where the projector stand was in the old drive in is our theater, which is ALSO empty (closed due to the costs of digital projector upgrades).
 
2013-08-18 07:01:39 AM
We have exactly one in New Jersey: The Delsea.

The owners sent out a pissy message the other day over Facebook because, apparently, a lot of people were asking what kind of discounts they offer.

It's $9 for two first run movies that only get shown once a night, and the theater is only open 4-5 nights a week.

The message was kind of rude but I can't say I don't get behind it.  They themselves just went digital, and the enterprise wasn't exactly a huge profit-maker since they opened.

So, when I go, I either make it a point to visit the concession stand or buy a food pass.  I genuinely do enjoy going there, so I hope going digital doesn't sink the business.
 
2013-08-18 07:05:46 AM
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2013-08-18 07:16:57 AM
Ahhh, the perfection of the digital cinematic experience.  Because there is nothing more enjoyable than a pixellated mess that I could get a home, at several hundred percent more of the cost.  Fark you, digital movie theatres.  The last two times I went to the theatre (The Hobbit, 3D IMAX) and the last Wolverine (normal size non-3D), it was farking horrible.  Well, it didn't help that they lost the 3D in the Hobbit, but even then, IMAX is supposed to be high resolution shiat.  It wasn't.  Looking at the scenery like flowers and stuff...   oooh look, a purplish bunch of dots, that's a flower... I guess.  And In Wolverine, the only seats available were near the front, and goddamn, nothing but dots, like sitting 6 inches away from an LED TV.  Really REALLY doesn't make we want to go back to the theater.

I'm glad your distribution costs are way down, movie companies.  It's SOOOO worth it.

And Fark you, no more movies for me outside of cable or rentals.  You get nothing from me.
 
2013-08-18 07:32:34 AM
If you got tinted windows a drive in will prevent one from receiving a writ of public indecency for self pleasurement.
 
2013-08-18 07:35:12 AM

somemoron: Ahhh, the perfection of the digital cinematic experience.  Because there is nothing more enjoyable than a pixellated mess that I could get a home, at several hundred percent more of the cost.  Fark you, digital movie theatres.  The last two times I went to the theatre (The Hobbit, 3D IMAX) and the last Wolverine (normal size non-3D), it was farking horrible.  Well, it didn't help that they lost the 3D in the Hobbit, but even then, IMAX is supposed to be high resolution shiat.  It wasn't.  Looking at the scenery like flowers and stuff...   oooh look, a purplish bunch of dots, that's a flower... I guess.  And In Wolverine, the only seats available were near the front, and goddamn, nothing but dots, like sitting 6 inches away from an LED TV.  Really REALLY doesn't make we want to go back to the theater.

I'm glad your distribution costs are way down, movie companies.  It's SOOOO worth it.

And Fark you, no more movies for me outside of cable or rentals.  You get nothing from me.


No argument here.
But look on the bright side. When they do the inevitable higher resolution upgrade with mandatory new projectors, they can put a whole new swath of small, privately operated theaters out of business.
 
2013-08-18 08:04:34 AM
The drive-in near me has been doing well enough to get a bunch of pretty new fixtures and stuff last year. Not much to do out there, so they draw a big crowd every night. Isn't this the kind of thread where we make buggy whip jokes and suggest they find a way to fix their business model? I can't imagine there's nothing else you could do with a few large, empty parking lots and giant screens besides show movies.
 
2013-08-18 08:24:50 AM
There is a drive-in in Lancaster, Ohio (about 45 minutes from me) that seems to do pretty well.  Only gone a couple of times, but it was a good time.

/Not sure if digital or not.
 
2013-08-18 08:24:58 AM
So much easier to get laid at a drive-in than at the Mega-Lo-Plex in the mall.  Kids today don't know what they are missing.
 
2013-08-18 08:32:20 AM

somemoron: Really REALLY doesn't make we want to go back to the theater.


Your rant is good, but you could have added a part at the end about how I need to carry earplugs with me when I go to the theater because they turn up the volume so loud. I'm pretty sure Into the Darkness cost me a few Hz at the top of my hearing range.

But hey, soon we'll have higher frame rates so things look even more crappy! I suppose that's something.
 
2013-08-18 08:34:17 AM

cman: If you got tinted windows a drive in will prevent one from receiving a writ of public indecency for self pleasurement.


but isn't that also self-defeating (and not in a good way)?
 
2013-08-18 08:40:21 AM
A drive-in is where you go to record the highest quality cam versions of movies currently in theaters, subby.

/Most drive-ins broadcast audio via FM
//Easy as hell to hide a camera lense on/in a car
///Or so i hear
 
2013-08-18 08:54:48 AM
We live almost smack in between two drive-in theaters, which I actually prefer to regular movie theaters. The cost is lower (with 2 sometimes 3 movies for less than a regular theater ticket), the popcorn is better, I control the sound. I also get to avoid the sounds of talkers, crinkly bag openers, women who play with the zipper on the purses, or take 20 minutes to unwrap a mint. I don't have to crawl over anyone, and no one has to crawl over me to use the restroom. Also I can bring my Saint Bernard to the drive-in and he's welcomed with open arms, and given treats and buckets of ice water from the owner of the one that we frequent, because they adore him. The one we go to is upgrading, according to my husband, which will be nice because they'll be able to get a wider variety of movies.
 
2013-08-18 08:58:25 AM
In other news, what's a drive-in theater?

Where your mother was conceived, Subby.

/well, yeah, mine too
 
2013-08-18 09:03:23 AM
I was once stranded at the drive-in and branded a fool.
 
2013-08-18 09:06:27 AM

acefox1: Which one's Log-Jammin'?

/He fixes the cable?


The town where I grew up actually had an x-rated drive-in theater.
 
2013-08-18 09:19:33 AM
Does Honolulu still have their drive-in? I watched the third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film there. They went to ancient Japan and April had a miniskirt and Tarzan Boy was in the soundtrack. I'm pretty sure it wasn't a hallucination kos my dad remembered it too.
 
2013-08-18 09:19:51 AM

Alleyoop: In other news, what's a drive-in theater?

Where your mother was conceived, Subby.

/well, yeah, mine too


Son, we don't tell that story to strangers.

/It was a beautiful evening when me and your ma made you in the back seat.
 
2013-08-18 09:26:57 AM
Wow, the nostalgia.

I remember my sister and I hiding in the trunk with a giant tub of popcorn so we'd get in free.

This was back in the 70s, where leaded gas and exhaust and rusty mopars made that a wee bit more dangerous an assignment than it would be today.

Hanging the big silver speaker on the inside of the passenger window....
 
2013-08-18 09:27:13 AM
My hometown has a drive-in that is constantly holding fundraisers to stay afloat. Not only did they get digital projectors, they also installed wind turbines to go off the grid and save on overhead. They may be the only dual-screen, digital, wind-powered drive-in in the country.
 
2013-08-18 09:29:38 AM
Eat what I want to eat, drink what I want to drink, smoke if I want to, volume control of my own, etc etc. When I was a kid they had playgrounds and stuff too.
 
2013-08-18 09:52:34 AM
A drive in is where I can drive the jeep(or my van), back in, set up a couple of camping chairs, bring a six pack or two of beer, a bucket of chicken and watch a double feature subby. That's when I get to watch TWO movies on a nice evening, for far less than $8-$15 a pop.
 
2013-08-18 09:56:56 AM
New movies all suck.
Stick to the classics.
Terminator 2
Ghost Busters
Alien
Predator
Animal House
Blazing Saddles
Robo Cop
War Movies
Sex Flicks
Old Looney Tunes
Three Stooges
 
2013-08-18 09:57:43 AM

Crudbucket: My hometown has a drive-in that is constantly holding fundraisers to stay afloat. Not only did they get digital projectors, they also installed wind turbines to go off the grid and save on overhead. They may be the only dual-screen, digital, wind-powered drive-in in the country.


It's really a wonder these things aren't more popular. I'm gonna have to go to the local place, haven't been in a while.
 
2013-08-18 09:58:59 AM

somemoron: Ahhh, the perfection of the digital cinematic experience.  Because there is nothing more enjoyable than a pixellated mess that I could get a home, at several hundred percent more of the cost.  Fark you, digital movie theatres.  The last two times I went to the theatre (The Hobbit, 3D IMAX) and the last Wolverine (normal size non-3D), it was farking horrible.  Well, it didn't help that they lost the 3D in the Hobbit, but even then, IMAX is supposed to be high resolution shiat.  It wasn't.  Looking at the scenery like flowers and stuff...   oooh look, a purplish bunch of dots, that's a flower... I guess.  And In Wolverine, the only seats available were near the front, and goddamn, nothing but dots, like sitting 6 inches away from an LED TV.  Really REALLY doesn't make we want to go back to the theater.

I'm glad your distribution costs are way down, movie companies.  It's SOOOO worth it.

And Fark you, no more movies for me outside of cable or rentals.  You get nothing from me.


Lol, the theater chain here is reserved seating in all auditoriums, you pick your seats when you buy your tickets, it's awesome. So nice, that we forget when we're in AZ, and don't bother to show up more than a few minutes early, because we're used to already having a seat.

And maybe you need to pick a chain that didn't get their equipment from Fast Freddie's Movies and Such, I've never had "dots" in a digital theater. I've also never heard of someone "losing" the 3D. You know it's not some kind of plug-in, right? You don't really turn it on or off..
 
2013-08-18 10:02:31 AM
Here at Naval Station Rota, Spain, we have a drive in on base. It's one of my favorite things to do here. The sound quality sucks, the video quality has a lot to be desired, and they only usually show family friendly afair. But damned if its still not a lot of fun.

Movie doesn't start until almost 10:30-11:00, because its light so late during the summer, and everyone gets there about 7:00. Bring a grill and some food, and a cooler of whatever beer you want. It's like a giant, community wide tailgate party. Kids play on the playground, it's cheap even if you buy stuff at concessions, and when it's movie time the kids climb in the back of the van (laden with pillows and blankets) and they watch the show while we sit in chairs and enjoy the show.

We finally ship out in two months, and outside of the travel, I think it's the thing I'm gonna miss most about our overseas tour.

/they upgraded to digital this past winter
 
2013-08-18 10:11:44 AM
There used to be a XXX-rated drive in in Mio, MI called the Galaxy - open seven days a week, and....well, let's just say unique.  The owner had a standing policy that anyone showing up in a military vehicle of any kind got in for free along with everybody they could stuff in there - he had pics on the wall of trucks, staff cars, and in one memorable instance, a CH-47 helicopter and about twenty Michigan National Guardsmen.
 
2013-08-18 10:19:16 AM
The closest drive-in added two regular theaters so it's in operation all year long. Every show is proceeded by vintage (1950s) footage about the snack bar, restrooms, etc. We'd go more often, but they make us park the van way, way back.
 
2013-08-18 10:24:56 AM
I went last weekend - hadn't been since The Blair Witch Project. Brought a cooler of beer and snacks. It was a lot of fun.

/Tibbs in Indy
 
2013-08-18 10:25:01 AM

rjakobi: Does Honolulu still have their drive-in? I watched the third Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film there. They went to ancient Japan and April had a miniskirt and Tarzan Boy was in the soundtrack. I'm pretty sure it wasn't a hallucination kos my dad remembered it too.


I saw Betelgeuse there in 1988. It was a big swap meet on the weekend.
 
2013-08-18 10:26:15 AM
The Twin 27 in Somerset Ky.
http://www.27drivein.com/DriveIn.aspx
 
2013-08-18 10:53:03 AM
the drivein is the place where we go to see movies where i live.
 
2013-08-18 10:59:55 AM
We take our son to the drive-in.  It was also great when he was a baby.  We could see a movie without disturbing the whole theater with a crying baby,  Now that he is four he can now bounce around and talk and everything without disturbing others.
 
2013-08-18 11:06:27 AM
Still several around here.

Last time we were parked next to a pickup with a high school couple in the bed who went at it every 20 minutes or so. The girl put on a good show.
 
2013-08-18 11:40:18 AM
A place where you feel your first tit. But that's not important right now.
 
2013-08-18 11:57:29 AM
There used to be two in my area. One just outside the city, and one about an hour and a half away in a small town. The one in the city closed in the late 90's, and the one outside closed in their early 2000's only to re-open sometime in the mid 2000's only to close again.

I vaguely remember going to the out of town one when I was a kid. Wasn't anything all that special, just in a car looking at a big screen, I think the audio came thru an FM station. (better than a window speaker)
 
2013-08-18 12:01:46 PM

XanthPrime:   Now that he is four he can now bounce around and talk and everything


Wow! Children are so amazing!
 
2013-08-18 12:08:57 PM
The best thing to do at a drive in is park in between two people who care way too much about their car sound system.
 
2013-08-18 12:49:24 PM
The Autorama Drive-in near where I live (http://www.autoramadrivein.com/) upgraded to digital projection this year, and they've been sold out every time I've gone.  They even have a retro night that I'd love to go to, but having to go to work early the next morning means I can't :(
 
2013-08-18 01:09:29 PM

AtlanticCoast63: There used to be a XXX-rated drive in in Mio, MI called the Galaxy - open seven days a week, and....well, let's just say unique.  The owner had a standing policy that anyone showing up in a military vehicle of any kind got in for free along with everybody they could stuff in there - he had pics on the wall of trucks, staff cars, and in one memorable instance, a CH-47 helicopter and about twenty Michigan National Guardsmen.


Unrelated, but I love Mio Pizza Kitchen.
 
2013-08-18 01:10:27 PM
There's one about 45 min from Dallas on I-45 in Ennis.  It has both traditional speaker system and digital 5.1 using your car's stereo by tuning into a local frequency.  All shows are screened in full digital.

Only went there once for Grindhouse as it seemed fitting to watch that film there.
 
2013-08-18 01:45:53 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: acefox1: Which one's Log-Jammin'?

/He fixes the cable?

The town where I grew up actually had an x-rated drive-in theater.


Red Bluff Drive-In?
 
2013-08-18 02:07:42 PM
Bengie's in Baltimore is alot of fun. The owner's family opened the place and they tout it as the largest continually operated screen in the world. He is a little eccentric, and while there are a number of rules they are all fair and add to the enjoyment. We like going once or twice a season so the kids can watch the first show then fall asleep while the wife and I can watch the second. We'd stay for the third if the drive back to Alexandria wasn't so long. Also, the concession prices are very reasonable for the higher quality in house food. Especially compared to a traditional movie theater.
 
2013-08-18 02:28:18 PM
I just went to the drive-in with my wife last night actually. We've gone almost every weekend for the past several weeks. The one near us (http://www.vanburendrivein.com/ ) upgraded to digital projectors on all 3 screens a few months ago and it made a big difference. The ambient light was so much more than when I was a kid that we'd skip seeing darker movies there because they got washed out. With the much brighter new projectors they all look really good.

It's not only more fun, but cheaper too. Especially the snack bar. Instead of spending over $30 for us to see one movie and get popcorn, regular nachos, and a drink, we pay just over $20 to see two movies, get a carne asada quesadilla, super nachos, and a couple of drinks. Sometimes if we're not in the mood for the Mexican food the snackbar serves (along with the usual candy and popcorn) we'll pick up a pizza or other fast food from the neighboring shopping center and bring that in.
 
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