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Motion Pictures Been To A Drive-In Lately?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The Shift Wizard, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Cliff Ramsdell
    Joined: Dec 27, 2004
    Posts: 1,183

    Cliff Ramsdell

    There are three within a 45 min drive from us. One of them, the Pleasant valley Drive in has been in business for years and we went there as kids and teens. The one in Mansfield has three screens.

    Cliff Ramsdell
  2. Joe Blow
    Joined: Oct 29, 2016
    Posts: 156

    Joe Blow

    Damn, always thought that it was the perfect setup for vintage racing.....gonna miss that place. I knew that lodging was getting to be an issue and being a little remote for some. Guess Mike will have to take the "dirt" out of The Dirt Drags.;) Yep, see you there.
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  3. Rickybop
    Joined: May 23, 2008
    Posts: 6,438

    from Michigan

    Through the 1960s.
    Me and my five or six siblings... however many of us there were at the time... piled into the back of my dad's silver gray 1959 Chevrolet station wagon.
    My mother was efficient. All us kids already scrubbed up and in our pajamas. Home after the movies and straight to bed.

    Sandy and I used to take one of our old cars to a drive-in theater not too far from us.
    I remember us sitting on the hood of our 1952 Chevy, leaning back against the windshield.
    I also remember spilling chili on the floor, and as usual, I was grumbling and Sandy was laughing.

    Everybody have a good Sunday.

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    We used to have a drive in here, the last 10 years or so they ran 2 screens, now a Hy-Vee store occupies the spot. At one time there was only one drive in left in Nebraska, don’t even know if it’s operational any more
  5. harpo1313
    Joined: Jan 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,870

    from wareham,ma

    Probly about ten in the area closed, but a few left , this one has been gone many years. I use it in the spare room for the tv speaker. modern speaker inside as the salt air here ate the old one. IMG_3162.JPG IMG_3163.JPG IMG_3164.JPG IMG_3165.JPG
  6. j3harleys
    Joined: May 12, 2010
    Posts: 815

    from colorado

    It will still be in the dirt. They will have the track ready by June.
  7. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,204


    :D There was a nice drive in in my home town in Fl.Was the projectionist there for about two years.Lot of fun,but also a lot of work at times keeping all the speakers in good working order.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  8. PhilA
    Joined: Sep 6, 2018
    Posts: 550


    I've got a payphone in my house, kids gotta drop a quarter in it to make a call.
    Sent off a roll of 35mm recently to be developed from having taken some fun snaps with my grandfather's "point and hope you got the settings right" Baldini pocket camera.

    Sadly the only remains of the drive-in here is the rusted remains of the frame that used to hold the sign. The rest is now just open pasture.

    And heck, just buy a transistor radio and bring it along with you. Hardly any worse than one of the old pole mount speakers.

    We have a Sonic but I've not been there since they served me a banana split for the second time with no banana in.

    Gotta take a long drive around here to find anyone with an interesting car (there's about 6 around here, counting the 3 rat rods).

  9. Joe Blow
    Joined: Oct 29, 2016
    Posts: 156

    Joe Blow

    Great! Thanks for the info.
  10. ccain
    Joined: Jun 13, 2009
    Posts: 331


    Oh man. That's a blast from my personal past. Just outside of Stephens City on the way to Middletown on route 11. My Grandfather took me there to see the original Star Wars in '77. I took quite a few dates there. Also took my daughters there quite a bit.

    Are they still making those funnel cakes?

    Oh great! Now I want a funnel cake. Thanks a lot, Ron! :p
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  11. Reminds me of the H.A.M.B. event a few years ago in Gallipolis, OH called The Cinematic. Cool event at an "old time" drive-in movie. Got to meet quite a few of our forum "legends" there and sample some of Denise's (Hotrodladycruiser) awesome cookies. Sadly, the old drive-in is gone now.

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  12. 3W JOHN
    Joined: Oct 8, 2015
    Posts: 575

    3W JOHN

    I went a lot when I was a kid but not anymore, none around here.
  13. Fortunateson
    Joined: Apr 30, 2012
    Posts: 3,111


    We had one near us for many years and I guess more than ten years ago it was torn down for town houses. But the owner just built another one but further out. The Hillcrest became the Starlight but we only go once or twice a year as my wife and I both fall asleep! Sure different than what we used to do when we were "going out"! They just re-opened for the season on Valentine's Day...
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2020
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  14. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 2,875

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Had one across the highway from Ft. Campbell, Ky. out of gate #4. It was called the "Family Drive In Theater". Showed nothing but porn.
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  15. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,193


    Nope, Drive ins in our area are closed for the winter.
  16. Phil P
    Joined: Jan 1, 2018
    Posts: 268

    Phil P

  17. Ahh....The Drive in's..... Last I went was in the 80's to Capitol in San Jose....... We used to have one,that ran for umpteen years,then sat dormant, before getting torn down for progress............
    Last I went was in high school, kicking with a girl in a pick up bed....ya know= young love......
    Forward-...... My Buddies DaD scored the snack bar signage. = The old display with inserted letters depending on the menu..........Well- Being 18, and knowing everything......., we re arranged the sign in the garage to read= Ass fries, Burgers with extra "sauce", Hot Dog's up your ass, etc........ It was funny when we did it,and laughed our asses off......That's until it was seen........ First time I heard WTF by an adult- and that was directed to both of us in person.
    It went on from there......... But, after a few mins of hardcore ass chewing, a laugh, and a smile/grin came about, and "you two are messed up", all was cool........
    He still has the sign....... Now, as an adult, I ask if I can re-word things, and his response is= DONT f'n touch my shit!........ LOL!
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  18. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,491


    Hey Ron,

    You are lucky to still be in an area that has such cool stuff. Drive-in theaters were the core of cruising for us teens. There were 4 major drive-ins in Long Beach’s 4 quadrants. Long Beach in the West, Los Altos in the east, Lakewood in the North(east) and the Circle Drive-In in the South. They have been gone for a long time and the only thing some neighborhoods have, is to close off a street/cul de sac and show a movie on a portable screen for the neighbors.

    So, again, the drive-in was important, but the economic times moved them out for a steady stream of income daily for the money grubbing land owners. There still are some drive in theaters in So Cal, but the drive to get there is a little too far for what you get. The feeling of the old days at the drive-in is still not in the air anymore. People still go to those So Cal drive-in places, but for the most part, that is history fading fast and faster.

    We were on a recent road trip down near the TJ border to go to an outdoor shopping mall. As long as we were spending several days/nights in San Diego, it is a short drive to the border or a stone’s throw from the outdoor mall. On the way home, we do not like the freeway leading back to the harbor area, so we always take the coastal route. In a short drive North from the outlet mall, the main road to the ocean had us going right by a drive-in theater. It was unusual for us, in that we haven’t seen a drive in since our days in Santa Barbara/Goleta area leading into the UCSB Campus location. (Goleta drive in is now closed.)

    This one in southwest San Diego looked fairly updated and anyone driving on the main road to the ocean cannot miss seeing the screen locations. But, of course, like most, research tells us the classic metal car speakers are missing.


    In 1958 until I moved out of the house in 1968, we had two metal drive-in speakers wired to an AM/FM radio that was our original speed shop music source.
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    They were attached to the backyard garage rafters, creating an early version of stereo speaker sound, despite coming from a weak source link to our early AM/FM radio. One speaker came from my brother’s escapades at the theater grounds and the other from couple of years later, both in the Impala. One was an accidental drive off with no damage to the Impala or pole, other than a cut set of wires by accident. We had placed them in the rear seat foot well when we went to the snack bar. We just forgot when we drove off.

    From another thread:
    What are the drive in speakers doing these days? After a stint in the current garage hooked up to a high powered amplifier and some better MP3 music, it served its “authentic” purpose. But, for crystal clarity, they did not compare to the quality 8” modern speakers for sound and music. So, back into the office they went, acting as bookends, but still in their 1960 original condition and glory.

    P.S. You were lucky that both items (speaker/girl/woman) have been with you so long. They are both keepers for sure. My wife has always liked the speakers for book ends as it represented a good time gone by, with only memories everlasting. I suppose a quality small speaker could be inserted inside of the original drive-in speaker for some modern sounds…a garage project perhaps?

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