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(Some Guy)   The six coolest drive-in theatres in America. Well, there may only be six drive-ins left, but they all look pretty awesome (not a slideshow)   (cheapflights.co.uk ) divider line
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2014-03-28 08:52:18 AM  
List fails without The Best Western Movie Manor:

http://bestwesterncolorado.com/hotels/best-western-movie-manor
 
2014-03-28 08:54:15 AM  
 
2014-03-28 08:59:03 AM  
There's still a handful of active drive-in theatres in Ohio, but nobody cares about Ohio anyway so forget I mentioned it.
 
2014-03-28 08:59:41 AM  
List fails because there's nothing "coolest" about them. Sure, one allows dogs, and another allows BBQs, but that's about it. And then the new one in the list: ". Its relative infancy means that the venue has a handful of modern upgrades - including digital projection and a playground for kids -  " . That's not a "modern upgrade", you retards, playgrounds have been at Drive Ins for decades.

I tend to be suspicious of a "best" list that can't get out of the eastern third of the country.
 
2014-03-28 09:07:12 AM  

Mikey1969: List fails because there's nothing "coolest" about them. Sure, one allows dogs, and another allows BBQs, but that's about it. And then the new one in the list: ". Its relative infancy means that the venue has a handful of modern upgrades - including digital projection and a playground for kids -  " . That's not a "modern upgrade", you retards, playgrounds have been at Drive Ins for decades.

I tend to be suspicious of a "best" list that can't get out of the eastern third of the country.


THIS.

Our local drive-in has digital projectors, playgrounds, well-liked, etc... and has been around forever.
 
2014-03-28 09:15:07 AM  

Ebenator: Missing


Bowley's Quarters FTW.
 
2014-03-28 09:22:39 AM  

Pants full of macaroni!!: There's still a handful of active drive-in theatres in Ohio, but nobody cares about Ohio anyway so forget I mentioned it.


I do. I've been to two different drive-ins in Ohio. We actually took our daughter to her first movie here. She was seven months old, and it was "The Avengers." She fell asleep.
We live near this one now. Perhaps we'll have to see a couple movies there this summer.
 
2014-03-28 09:37:31 AM  
The Big Mo in South Carolina
 
2014-03-28 09:55:44 AM  
Admiral twin on Route 66 in Tulsa is pretty awesome.

Brand new huge screen that blows the ones in the photo away.
 
2014-03-28 09:57:16 AM  

Ebenator: Missing


Except the guy that runs the Bengies has always been a total dick with all his "house rules". And trying to get the RoFo store across the street shut down for years.
 
2014-03-28 09:58:07 AM  

NicktheSmoker: Lol I thought that starlight one closed down years ago.  Never been, probably cause its in the hood and you need an armed lookout to watch a movie if you go.


I've been, never felt unsafe while watching a movie there.
 
2014-03-28 10:22:43 AM  
There's two I know of in TX, there's one in Hockley and one off of 45 in Ennis TX
 
2014-03-28 10:29:32 AM  
Cottage View in Cottage Grove, MN was great. Now it's a Walmart. Still one left about 20 minutes away.
 
2014-03-28 10:31:57 AM  
They forgot the "Spud" in Driggs, ID.   http://spuddrivein.com/
 
2014-03-28 10:42:42 AM  

Losac: Ebenator: Missing

Except the guy that runs the Bengies has always been a total dick with all his "house rules". And trying to get the RoFo store across the street shut down for years.


Rofo sucks anyway.  I didn't know about his dickishness, and it's been a few years since I've been there.  Do they still do the jokes and banter between pictures?  It always reminded me of Bill and Marty.
 
2014-03-28 10:45:08 AM  
The Sky Vu in Monroe, Wisconsin.
 
2014-03-28 10:47:51 AM  

milowitz: Ebenator: Missing

Bowley's Quarters FTW.


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You spelled her name wrong.
 
2014-03-28 10:52:47 AM  
Not-so-cool story bro: one of my sister's acquaintances was murdered at the Starlight Six drive-in.  I see that failed to make their write-up
 
2014-03-28 11:04:00 AM  
Joe-Bob Briggs nods in approval.
 
2014-03-28 11:14:59 AM  

Ebenator: Losac: Ebenator: Missing

Except the guy that runs the Bengies has always been a total dick with all his "house rules". And trying to get the RoFo store across the street shut down for years.

Rofo sucks anyway.  I didn't know about his dickishness, and it's been a few years since I've been there.  Do they still do the jokes and banter between pictures?  It always reminded me of Bill and Marty.


Been a few years for me too, but I always remember talk between shows and it was usually nonsense. Last time I was also questioned by the Nazis working there a few times to see if I had any unauthorized food in the car.

RoFo sucks? Blasphemy! Best fried chicken around.
 
2014-03-28 11:15:50 AM  

smurfco: Not-so-cool story bro: one of my sister's acquaintances was murdered at the Starlight Six drive-in.  I see that failed to make their write-up


So sorry.  My son had met him at a few tournaments.

Yeah, the Starlight sits between a prison and a couple of housing projects. But on a warm summer day, you can have quite a party.
 
2014-03-28 11:17:11 AM  
My shiatty home town in Maryland had a drive in until maybe 5-10 years ago. Growing up it was always good times.
 
2014-03-28 11:29:51 AM  

loonatic112358: There's two I know of in TX, there's one in Hockley and one off of 45 in Ennis TX


there's one off main st just north of downtown ft worth...coyote drive-in. between downtown and the stockyards. i haven't been there, but i hear great things. they have 2 or 3 screens, a restaurant/bar, and a playground. you're treated to 2 movies for something like $8/person

i just talked it up so much, i really need to talk the family into going!
 
2014-03-28 11:41:27 AM  
There are still two in the Pgh area - the Dependable and the Riverside. And some people still carry on the tradition of the comfort of wearing sensible jammy's and slippers when going.
 
2014-03-28 11:53:32 AM  

Mikey1969: including digital projection and a playground for kids -  " . That's not a "modern upgrade", you retards, playgrounds have been at Drive Ins for decades.

I tend to be suspicious of a "best" list that can't get out of the eastern third of the country.


these things

many of these listicles tend to be very centric around either the "writer"'s geographical location, their age group, etc

and my ONLY memory of going to a drive-in as a kid was getting to swing on the playground while the movie was playing
 
2014-03-28 11:55:01 AM  
Came for the Bengies, am satisfied.
 
2014-03-28 12:08:59 PM  

bungle_jr: Mikey1969: including digital projection and a playground for kids -  " . That's not a "modern upgrade", you retards, playgrounds have been at Drive Ins for decades.

I tend to be suspicious of a "best" list that can't get out of the eastern third of the country.

these things

many of these listicles tend to be very centric around either the "writer"'s geographical location, their age group, etc

and my ONLY memory of going to a drive-in as a kid was getting to swing on the playground while the movie was playing


We usually had to come back once the movie actually started, but I remember at least once watching part of the movie from the swings up by the screen...
 
2014-03-28 12:43:54 PM  

bungle_jr: loonatic112358: There's two I know of in TX, there's one in Hockley and one off of 45 in Ennis TX

there's one off main st just north of downtown ft worth...coyote drive-in. between downtown and the stockyards. i haven't been there, but i hear great things. they have 2 or 3 screens, a restaurant/bar, and a playground. you're treated to 2 movies for something like $8/person

i just talked it up so much, i really need to talk the family into going!


man, that'd be a nice weekend then


Catch four day weekend improv, then go to the movies
 
2014-03-28 01:19:36 PM  
Making my case for the Boulevard Drive-In in Merriam, KS in the Kansas City Metro.  It still has 600 of the speakers in the field, like they all used to, but was also the first to get digital sound, and one of the first to get 4k digital projection.  They do a lot of first runs, and theme nights - they do (I believe) an annual horror themed, plus the random stuff - like a skateboard-themed double feature.  They do a bike-in night.  All sorts of random stuff.  It's all cash-only though, so minor inconvenience, remembering to stop by the ATM first.
 
2014-03-28 01:58:05 PM  

JolobinSmokin: Admiral twin on Route 66 in Tulsa is pretty awesome.

Brand new huge screen that blows the ones in the photo away.


When I lived in Tulsa I saw Iron Man at the Admiral before it burnt down, and the cave scenes (first quarter of the movie) looked terrible. Bad projector and/or too much light coming from I-244. Never went back after that. I may have to drive up from OKC sometime if the new projectors are good.
 
2014-03-28 03:53:25 PM  
A few years ago our local Drive-In got bought out abruptly by Google (as in, the place was just a few weeks away from opening for the Season, and without warning their Snack Bar employees were told 1. Dump all of the stock at the local food banks 2. Don't bother coming back) and the place was turned into a server farm.

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2014-03-28 04:08:35 PM  

Mr Tarantula: JolobinSmokin: Admiral twin on Route 66 in Tulsa is pretty awesome.

Brand new huge screen that blows the ones in the photo away.

When I lived in Tulsa I saw Iron Man at the Admiral before it burnt down, and the cave scenes (first quarter of the movie) looked terrible. Bad projector and/or too much light coming from I-244. Never went back after that. I may have to drive up from OKC sometime if the new projectors are good.


It's much better now, and I had the same problem with Wall-E because I was on the West side, but when I watch a movie on the East side I haven't had that problem.   It's kinda like OSU's football field, what were they thinking with east to west configuration.
 
2014-03-28 05:11:46 PM  

softshoes: milowitz: Ebenator: Missing

Bowley's Quarters FTW.

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You spelled her name wrong.


OH thank YEW.....    :-)

 
2014-03-28 05:23:13 PM  

Tom_Slick: NicktheSmoker: Lol I thought that starlight one closed down years ago.  Never been, probably cause its in the hood and you need an armed lookout to watch a movie if you go.

I've been, never felt unsafe while watching a movie there.


People with 'No Fear' stickers on their trucks take being scared of everything in Atlanta as a badge of honor. Has something to do with an Alanis Morissette song.
 
2014-03-28 05:23:31 PM  
We got one in San Jose.
 
2014-03-28 05:25:53 PM  

NicktheSmoker: Lol I thought that starlight one closed down years ago.  Never been, probably cause its in the hood and you need an armed lookout to watch a movie if you go.


Same with the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop.
 
2014-03-28 05:28:19 PM  
Sign of how different the 1970s were: Montgomery, Alabama had a drive-in called 'The Jet' that showed porn. Then the 80s came and suddenly the local district attorney was trying to force satellite companies not even located in Alabama to stop operation since their signals could be received and unscrambled by locals who could see naked people on their tvs.
 
2014-03-28 05:30:02 PM  

empres77: Same with the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop.


You've been to bars in much worse areas in Atlanta.
 
2014-03-28 05:33:54 PM  
No Apache Drive In? List fails. Seriously my shiat burg's lone claim to fame is its home to the world's only remaining xxx drive in theater.
 
2014-03-28 05:42:35 PM  
No Mission Tiki in Pomona, Ca...list fails.
 
2014-03-28 05:49:23 PM  

EngineerAU: empres77: Same with the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop.

You've been to bars in much worse areas in Atlanta.


Yes, with 10-20 of my closest friends ;)
 
2014-03-28 06:19:17 PM  
This summer I want to get my brother and his wife to bring my niece here http://www.bengies.com/

I'd love for her to see a drive in movie.
 
2014-03-28 06:57:12 PM  

EngineerAU: empres77: Same with the Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop.

You've been to bars in much worse areas in Atlanta.


I don't know about the FTL Swap Shop but the one in Lake Worth isn't in a particularly bad area.  The same people own four Swap Shop Drive-In Theaters in FL.

Missing from the list, West Wind in Las Vegas, NV.
 
2014-03-28 09:26:16 PM  

Catlenfell: Cottage View in Cottage Grove, MN was great. Now it's a Walmart. Still one left about 20 minutes away.


Saw many, many movies in jammies at that place. Dad would fall asleep during the first G rated movie and my brother and I would marvel at the T and A in the next two features. Good,Good times.
//Lets all go to the lobby ...
 
2014-03-29 07:23:07 AM  
There used to be 3 drive-ins within 5 miles of my house growing up.  One is now farmland, and the other two house mini-malls and an industrial park in back.  Only one even survived my high school experience, but has been long gone for about 25 yrs now.

Kid's today just don't know what they're missing.  If you were of driving age and could get a girl to go with you, well let's just say you probably don't remember the movie.......  I can still remember many times we would get there early so a group of my buddies could walk around before the movie looking for a car load of girls to hook up with. Amazingly about 1/2 the time we were successful.  Of course it helped that we kept a cooler full of beer in the trunk.

The place that survived was a twin set-up, with one side (facing the street) playing G type family fare, while the other side usually started with some sort of action flick, but followed up with two soft core features - typically foreign films involving stewardesses.  You knew by which way the girls cars were facing whether you were likely to score their attention or not.  Just think something straight out of Dazed and Confused where they edited out a drive in scene and you would have something approaching our experiences in the late 70's at the drive in.

Like I said, these kids today just don't know what they're missing.......
 
2014-03-29 08:32:43 AM  
 
2014-03-29 08:40:35 AM  
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2014-03-29 09:00:30 AM  

lawboy87: There used to be 3 drive-ins within 5 miles of my house growing up.  One is now farmland, and the other two house mini-malls and an industrial park in back.  Only one even survived my high school experience, but has been long gone for about 25 yrs now.

Kid's today just don't know what they're missing.  If you were of driving age and could get a girl to go with you, well let's just say you probably don't remember the movie.......  I can still remember many times we would get there early so a group of my buddies could walk around before the movie looking for a car load of girls to hook up with. Amazingly about 1/2 the time we were successful.  Of course it helped that we kept a cooler full of beer in the trunk.

The place that survived was a twin set-up, with one side (facing the street) playing G type family fare, while the other side usually started with some sort of action flick, but followed up with two soft core features - typically foreign films involving stewardesses.  You knew by which way the girls cars were facing whether you were likely to score their attention or not.  Just think something straight out of Dazed and Confused where they edited out a drive in scene and you would have something approaching our experiences in the late 70's at the drive in.

Like I said, these kids today just don't know what they're missing.......


Also had a twin set-up at one of the drive-ins in my area back in the day, I had totally forgotten about that!
 
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