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

  1. dustdevil
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 814

    from illinois

    I am lucky enough to have one 15 miles from my house in another small town Gibson City. Its called harvest moon drive in.
    They are celebrating 59 years of business. Pretty damn cool..
  2. I sure had my share of good times at the drive in but sadly we don't have any left here. HRP
  3. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,176


    Where is "here"? Electric City is Scranton PA?
  4. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,262


    :D Growing up we went almost every weekend to the local drive in.When I was older I even worked as a projectionist there.Great times were had by all.
    It was the Vero Drive In,in Vero Beach,Fl.The carbon arc lamps pulled about 250 amps DC from an on site generator.Talk about a couple of heat producers.WHEW.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
  5. woodz
    Joined: Feb 23, 2010
    Posts: 517


    Love the drive in. We have one about 3 mins from my house. Taking the kids there on Thursday night. Cant wait. So much fun!:D
  6. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 3,416

    Speed Gems

    I just seen this on Facebook my self and "SHARED" it. I didn't see the Starlite Drive Inn in Litchfiled MN on the list. I go buy it every time we go to the drag strip. A few years ago during Back To The 50's I missed my last opportunity to go to the last showing at the Cottage View drive Inn in Cottage Grove MN before WAL MART bought the property. Bastards!!!
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  7. D.N.D.
    Joined: Aug 15, 2012
    Posts: 1,385

    Member Emeritus

    In high school in the late 50's the drive in's were called the ' Passion Pit ' great for date nite

    All gone around here in the L.A. area yrs ago, land is worth too much cash for the big box builder guys

    Great memories, G Don
  8. grander
    Joined: Mar 12, 2007
    Posts: 57


    A new drive in theater near Houston is the Showboat Drive In on FM 2920 in Hockley.
  9. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,156


    Grew up and lived in Upstate N.Y. for the first 49 years of my life. There were 2 drive-ins within a 10 mile radius (one being a twin, which is still operating). Many memories growing up, both with my folks and with numerous girlfriends in high school and after. Later in life, actually bought a house whose property backed up to "The Dix Drive-In. The neighborhood people were allowed to bring lawn chairs in and sit by the speakers, as long as you didn't try to sit to close to the front. The last movie I remember seeing was " The Road Warrior" and I sure do miss going. Thanks for this post on this icon of Americana. Long live the drive-in!!
  10. That's the one I sent a donation to for it to go digital, shame I don't live close enough to go.
  11. Veronyn
    Joined: Aug 8, 2013
    Posts: 22

    from kansas

    We have one down the road a bit and I'd much rather go see a movie there than the theater. Here, you can only go as a double feature, but it's still a reasonable price. Plus you get your own little space and don't have to deal with people who want to chat and cackle throughout the entire movie.
  12. houseofhotrods
    Joined: Mar 16, 2005
    Posts: 673


    99W Drive-in in Newberg Oregon, about 15 miles/minutes from here - I believe this has been in operation since the mid 50's. It's a blast, and we take our kids here - it would be a shame to lose any more of these than we already have..... Hate to say it, but way to go Honda. :)
  13. BrerHair
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
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  14. Shagginwagon64
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 26

    from Wichita ks

    We are pretty lucky to have a top notch drive in here in wichita ks. I think it's still alive in part , due to the fact that it has THE most unforgettable commercial song! Once u hear it , it's stuck for hours. "The starlight drive in gives you more! Call 524 2424!!" Sing it! I dare you!

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  15. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 7,840


    Milwaukee Wi area had several Drive In's around the town, north, south and west in the 60's- 80's . We refered to them as "passion Pits" great for dating and fun times , $ 1.00 per car, load as many as you could fit. Many good memories from those days, 60's. I believe they're all gone now, None of them were saved. Kids today don't have alot of the fun deals that we had when we were young. Different times, Different generation, Progress? I guess. John
  16. willymakeit
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
    Posts: 1,326


    Last I knew, there was one still at Billings or Aurora Mo. They are a lot of fun.
  17. Hey Shaggin', saw your wagon at the Leadsled Spectacular. Cool car.

    Our club used to have at least two "Night at the Drive-In" activities every summer. We would all hit the drive-in on Sunday night of the 3 day Memorial Day holiday as well as for Labor Day. If Independence Day fell on a weekend, we would go then too. But, after the Cinderella Twin closed at the end of summer in 2007, we quit going. We still have the Rosemary Drive-In, but we don't get out there very often. I think I'll talk to the guys and see if they want to do it again this upcoming Labor Day weekend.

    In August or September 2001, the late Chuck Nations got on the phone and started calling other KKOA members and suggested that everyone should gather in Fort Collins at the Holiday Twin Drive-In for a movie night. Word got around and plans were made. Our gang went up from Denver, and a handful of Lonely Knights came up all the way from Colorado Springs! If I recall correctly, Roger and Dan Jetter were also there, as well as Chuck Nations' group from Wyoming, and Colorado KKOA colonel Frank Lund. There was also a sprinkling of lone wolf people that heard about it and showed up too. I'd guess there were close to thirty cars in all--mostly kustoms. The locals loved it! All the old cars that came out to go to the drive-in. It was late when we headed home, but it was worth it. We had a ball!
    It is unfortunate that Chuck Nations is gone now. He was a neat guy that really loved kustoms and always had cool ideas to get people together. He is missed!

    Viva la Drive-In! E
  18. flamingokid
    Joined: Jan 5, 2005
    Posts: 2,200


    We have the Boulevard Drive In here on the Kansas side.It was the first Drive In theatre in the go digital.Wes Neal,the owner,has worked there since it opened in '54 as a second job and after he retired from Bayer Animal Science,he bought it from the original owner.He has revitalized it and keeps it busy with events that are usually vintage auto related.The other two theaters here in KC sound like they'll be going out of business by the end of the yeart,but that's just bad management.

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  19. Not clear to me why drive-ins don't work as a modern business? No speakers needed with small FM Transmitter. Less upkeep than a theater. Sad.
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    At drive in now!

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  21. chopdtop
    Joined: Sep 11, 2005
    Posts: 533


    My local drive-in is on the list. Mesa Drive-In in Pueblo Colorado.
    They've had several American Graffiti nights there and the manager is a car guy. Candy Clark was at one of them.

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  22. I'm lucky enough to have a triple screen drive-in in my suburb, plus another 2 multi-screen drive-ins on the other side of Melbourne.
  23. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
    Posts: 4,633

    from Chino, Ca

  24. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,176


    Looks like there is one in Greenville SC? About an hour drive South from Anderson? That's how far we drive to get to one.

  25. KCsledz
    Joined: Jun 19, 2003
    Posts: 2,333


    Whats funny is the Route 66 Drive in is not even on the list the Honda page has up to vote for. I went to vote and nothing! I didn't see a way to even submit it to be added.
  26. NoSurf
    Joined: Jul 26, 2002
    Posts: 4,176


    Maybe the list doesn't include drive-ins that have already switched to digital?
  27. SaltCoupe
    Joined: Jun 10, 2010
    Posts: 2,376

    from Indiana

    I drive 50 miles one way to attend the Fairview Drive-in in Newton IL. They have all kinds of things going on this year trying to raise the money needed for digital equipment. I'll be going tonight to help support the drive-in by buying a tee shirt, taking part in a 50/50 raffle, and donating. I feel this is a very worthy cause. We should all do what we can to preserve this piece of Americana so it will be there for future generations to enjoy. (We now return you to your scheduled programming).
  28. KCsledz
    Joined: Jun 19, 2003
    Posts: 2,333


    You may be right. I don't actually know what they run. Next time I am out there for a movie I am going to ask.
  29. truckjim
    Joined: May 21, 2011
    Posts: 166


    We have a multi-screen here in San Jose Ca and get together with friends and their old rides. Great night for friends and family.

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