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Save the Drive In!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Jive-Bomber, Aug 14, 2013.

  1. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,421


  2. having only been to a drive in a hand full of times (and being a younger guy) i honestly say that it was one of the more enjoyable activities i have done. its really something i would like to do more of. it is sad how many are closed down now. and its even more upsetting that more could be pushed out of business. thanks for bringing this project to our attention.
  3. Tman
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 34,031


    Until the recent switch to digital the decline of Drive-ins had stopped and started to recover. We have a Twin drive in here that has been open now for two seasons!
  4. DaPeach
    Joined: Apr 22, 2009
    Posts: 260

    from NE OH

    we are lucky enough to have two locally...I didn't see either on the list for this program. Loved it as a kid & I still enjoy it. I hope they never go away.

  5. 64cummins
    Joined: Aug 4, 2009
    Posts: 130

    from kansas

    We have the Pageant drive-in in medicine lodge Kansas and its being threatened I'm 29 and have 2 kids that like going and it's very sad ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1376494934.098826.jpg

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  6. We're lucky to have a brand spankin-new drive in here in Fort Worth.

    Here's us when we tried it out for the first time.
  7. We have one just around the corner, The Starlite, that my wife's grandfather built and it opened in '55. We've taken the kids 3 times this summer with another night planned. It wouldn't be summer without going to the drive-in. We always seem to dream about having it back in the family.....
  8. We are lucky enough to still have two drive-in theaters here in the Shenandoah Valley. One is on Rt.11 South of Winchester and the other is also on Rt. 11 in the Lexington area. In my youth we had two here in Harrisonburg.
  9. 62nova
    Joined: Jul 13, 2008
    Posts: 340


    I never thought that I would thank Honda for something but "Thank you Honda!"
  10. bill s preston esq
    Joined: Feb 1, 2011
    Posts: 315

    bill s preston esq

    first thing i thought of.

    too bad one of the big 3 didn't get behind this first.
  11. 2Hep
    Joined: Mar 3, 2005
    Posts: 519


    My favorite Drive-in that me and my family have gone to since I was only once a year since moving from home and living out of state... is the Wellfleet Drive-In on Cape Cod. Opened in 1957 in Wellfleet, Mass. One of the few on the East Coast.
  12. Hdonlybob
    Joined: Feb 1, 2005
    Posts: 3,929


    Graduating in 1962 I remember them well...
    Way too much fun..
    I am not sure if there is one close to me or not, but would loved to get a few older cars and make a night of it !!
    Good post...
  13. vonpahrkur
    Joined: Apr 21, 2005
    Posts: 921


    I think it's pretty cool for Honda to do this-if some of the other Auto companies did the same, then that would really bump the numbers up. Seems like the film companies would be able to help with this-don't they make boat-loads of money from their films being shown? Thanks for the post!
  14. I am fortunate to live only a mile from the only Drive-In left in Northern Minnesota. They converted to digital for this season and the picture and sound is incredible. They have had their best year in literally decades. It is good to see Honda helping out some of the smaller Drive-In's with what can be a very large purchase.

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  15. mustang6147
    Joined: Feb 26, 2010
    Posts: 1,847

    from Kent, Ohio

    I knew Walmart was giving the Union fits, but now Honda.... How can you top that... Saving an American icon.... What a great cause.

    I posted the link on my Facebook. I have to check to see if The Midway is on the list.
  16. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
    Posts: 1,747

    Staff Member

    This is a great idea. Thanks for posting. There's nothing like a drive-in movie on a summer night...
  17. pila38
    Joined: Mar 25, 2009
    Posts: 763


    There was one close to my home when I was a kid. It was in Warwick, NY, and I loved going there. I moved a little far away from it now and haven't been there in a long time. I wish there was one closer to me.
    Joined: Jul 5, 2008
    Posts: 107


    We have the "Vanburen drive in" in Riverside California. We would take a car and a truck.. throw an air mattress in bed of truck..or a bunch of pillows and blankets..nuuggle the movie under the stars with our ice chest full of candy and beverages. Always bought the fresh popcorn! Its still going today.. I'll try to take a photo of entrance.. My plan is to take the 40 with wife and kid soon..exhaust is going on 40 tomorrow!

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  19. rusty76
    Joined: Jun 8, 2009
    Posts: 882

    from Midway NC

    I always wanted to open up a drive-in. We had one less than three miles from where we lived. It also doubled as a flea market on Saturdays. Best flea market ever. Wasn't all this new crap. I miss it a lot. I'd rather go to a drive-in than a walk-in. People who have never been just don't know what they are missing. There's a huge market for it but people just don't want the hassle. Very sad to see so many go the way of the dinosaur.
  20. flatheadpete
    Joined: Oct 29, 2003
    Posts: 10,145

    from Burton, MI

    Here in Flint we have the old US23 drive in. Last night for the Back to the Bricks car week, they did 'Brick Flicks'. Free movie for everyone. Pulled in more than 600 cars this year for a showing of 'Grease'. Great time had by all.
  21. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,792


    I don't know any near Houston that I'd drive to, but I gave a donation. Hope it helps.

    "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly", "The Pink Panther", "Planet of the Apes", all seen from the cargo section of a blue Chevy II station wagon! Drive-in hot dogs RULE!
  22. brownhauler
    Joined: Jun 14, 2010
    Posts: 32


    Sad that a Japanese company is trying to save an American icon. These places would be good for a hot rod get together and a movie in the evening. Talk with your local theaters about getting something like this going.
    Joined: Nov 22, 2005
    Posts: 7,591

    from SIDNEY, NY

    Thankfully, the drive-in five miles from my house went digital already.
  24. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,152


    We usually go to the closest drive-in at least once a year. It was closed for a few years but a young couple bought it and fixed it up. Been open for a few years now. My girls love going (9 & 11) just like I did when I was their age.


    You would think Uncle Sam might provide some kind of low interest loan to help save this precious part of America.
  25. CLM
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
    Posts: 177


  26. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

  27. I voted for the Brazos in Tx, been open since the 50's. I hope the Coyote is already digital since its a new build.
  28. gtowagon
    Joined: Mar 23, 2011
    Posts: 406


    I grew up on Long Island ny and there were a number of drive ins but eveuntally they all were sold off for shopping centers. The copaigue all weather on sunrise highway was my favorite. Now I live just outside Elmira ny and we have the Elmira heights drive in it opened In 1949. we go every weekend during their operating season from Memorial Day to Labor Day. It's actually a bargain at 8.00 per person they have 2 screens which both show a double feature and its all first run movies. It's getting old and a little run down but I give it my full support and hope it keeps going but I am worried.
    Last edited: Aug 14, 2013
  29. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 4,637


    Great memories piling into the back of our '54 Ford station wagon (late 50's, early 60's) with my two sisters, pajamas on, for a family night at the drive-in. News reels, cartoons, kid movie . . . we would fall asleep during the feature.

    Great cause, thanks Jay.

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