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Motion Pictures Drive in theater

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rmorris, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. rmorris
    Joined: Jun 3, 2017
    Posts: 102


    Any good stories about drive in theaters. Mine includes my 55 chevy, popcorn and a surprise. Some have stories of sneaking in friends in trunk. Some have stories of putting a case of beer in front of their radiator in their 57 chevy. My friend said he put a washtub filled with ice and beer in the trunk of his 55 chevy convertible. If he left the boot off, the guy in back seat could pass out 'cold beer' . Also, in our area we had some dual screen 'picture shows' with G rated shows one way and R rated behind. You could face either way depending on the movie.
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2018
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  2. traffic61
    Joined: Jun 15, 2009
    Posts: 1,494

    from Owasso, OK

    Gold Torino and purple haze.
  3. Dooley
    Joined: May 29, 2002
    Posts: 2,693

    from Buffalo NY

    Nothing H.A.M.B. Friendly...but fun
    Did take a girlfriend in my 36. Back in 85 though
  4. No salt just butter I take it? :eek:

  5. The popcorn gag has been in more movies than Mark Wahlberg.
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  6. albertaboy
    Joined: Jul 19, 2013
    Posts: 131


    When I was a teenager, newly licensed, late 70's early 80's, I had the occasional use of my parents Chev impala. Plain looking 4 door. Looked rather like a un-marked police car at a distance and in the dark. I'd pull into the drive in with a buddy and cause a whole lot of liquor bottles to go flying.
    Guys would be so pissed once they figured out I wasn't the cops. We laughed our asses off. Good times.
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  7. LM14
    Joined: Dec 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,937

    from Iowa

    In the summer of 1977 took a girl on a first date to the drive in. Her big brother was one of my friends. He drove in his '68 Mustang 390/4 speed coupe. Not much room in that back seat. She's sitting about 4' to the left of me right now. Will be our 39th anniversary this summer. Not bad for a starter wife. She's tough!

  8. Candy apple red 67 Fairlane,390,4 speed & my youth.
    The VCR ruined it all.
    Fuck you Blockbuster!
  9. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 25,985

    Jalopy Joker

    amazed drive-in theaters still exist
  10. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,535

    from oregon

    Been to a few, don't remember any movies though.
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  11. roundvalley
    Joined: Apr 10, 2005
    Posts: 1,773


    I remember going to one with my dad and coming home with my mom!
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  12. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,757


    Now that deserves some splainin.
  13. rustydusty
    Joined: Apr 19, 2010
    Posts: 1,825


    Lotsa drive-in memories. I remember my parents taking my sisters and I to see "Thunder Road" back when it first came out. Made quite an impression on me!
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  14. Not a hard one to figure out there "squirt".
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  15. Bruce Jenner's kid had the same thing happen.;):)
  16. mbailey99gt
    Joined: Dec 31, 2017
    Posts: 17


    61 four door falcon.
    Year was 1968.
    I was a sophomore, she was a senior.
    Weather was cool (Southeast Tx).
    Didn't take long to FOG over the

    WHAT movie?

    Long time ago.
    Thanks for jogging the memories!!

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  17. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 5,388



    Drive in theaters were the best weekend entertainment when the drags were not happening. It became a ritual for movie night dates and on other days, a car load of teenagers having fun. The back row was for dates and the forward rows were for families. Spotlight contests on the big screen were all the rage. We all got suckered to go to the snack bar anytime that series of letters and words came rolling across the bottom of the screen.

    Subliminal messages were used in the beginning until the authorities deemed it wrong. When we all saw those messages going across the bottom of the screen, for some reason, people were going to the snack bar for various items of food and what not. Research and the authorities made it a law to not use those messages in a captive audience.

    At the half way intermission the messages to go to the snack bar were ok as people had choices to watch or not. But, during the movies, it was deemed wrong, a captive audience and all. (The same style of messages were not allowed on home tv screens, either.)


    Memories abound from those good old times. Ever try “rolling can races” down the slopes? Who was top eliminator? It started with empty cans, but as the competition and money came into those can races, speed secrets started popping up…like ½ full cans taped up to give it more gravity and roll, Etc. Soon, it was full cans, warm vs. cold for speed. That got many people in trouble with the law. Competition does wonders for the teenage ego.

    By the way, Goleta, CA has a refurbished old drive in theater still on the same grounds as from 40 plus years ago.
    [​IMG] Goleta, then

    [​IMG] Now
    Goleta, Ca on the way to UCSB, Pacific Ocean in the background.
    Originally opened in 1966 as the Santa Barbara Twin Drive-in, it was closed in 1991 and sat dark for almost 20 years until it was re-opened by the West Wind Drive-in chain in 2010.
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  18. 17 years old, in my first car (1960 Australian Chrysler Royal), which had fold-down split bench seat which would make a flat area as big as a double-bed. After some off-screen entertainment, me and my date fell asleep, only to woken by a knock on the window by the bloke closing up the drive-in at about 1:30 a.m., we looked around to see we were the only car left in the whole place. Drove out wearing just a smile.
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  19. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
    Posts: 3,120

    1. 1940 Ford

    The last few times we went,took my pick up,backed it in and watched the show from lawn chairs in the bed. That’s livin’ :cool:
  20. The last time......
  21. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 10,774

    from Zoar, Ohio

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  22. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,227


    :D Those were fun times.I later worked at the local drive in as projectionist.That was a fun time.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  23. 26hotrod
    Joined: Nov 28, 2009
    Posts: 929

    from landis n c

    PARK-IN Drive in Kannapolis NC in early 70s. Nothing like the back row in my 68 Dodge Dart with bucket seats. Fold foreward the front seat backs and the back seat is like a double recliner. Enjoy the movie with my favorite girl and .......................................
  24. unie01
    Joined: Feb 4, 2018
    Posts: 3


    subscribed, this seems like a very interesting thread[​IMG]
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  25. unie01
    Joined: Feb 4, 2018
    Posts: 3


    subscribed, this seems like a very interesting thread
  26. Dave Mc
    Joined: Mar 8, 2011
    Posts: 2,105

    Dave Mc

    only a block away from my house growing up in San Pablo Ca. Rancho Drive in 8-3-50.jpg
  27. Sometimes watched the movie.:rolleyes:
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  28. Gray Ford
    Joined: Oct 18, 2008
    Posts: 491

    Gray Ford
    from Illinois

    ^^^^^ There was movies????
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  29. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,757


    Now I get it........ Sometimes even I amaze myself on not seeing the obvious.
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  30. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,757


    One time a friend and I took our dates to the drive in movie. He drove a rusted out 60 Chev convert, followed by me in a 63 Pontiac. Going down the hi way he hit a skunk. He drove into the movie and parked the car in the middle row. It smelled so bad they came over and jumped in the back seat of my car, which was parked a ways away from his. After a few minutes all the cars around his moved away, due to the stench. Finally the owner of the drive in made him move his now vacant car to the very most rear of the drive in, where there were no speakers. Turned out the floor in the Chev was so rusted out that the skunk spray went into the inside of the car. Took months for the smell to leave.

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