Ybacpa From United States of America, joined exactly 14 years ago today! , 1108 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1209 times:
Saddly, the birthplace of the Drive-in (New Jersey), my home state, no longer has any. The last one I personally recall was (somewhat ironically) turned into a movie theater about 15 years ago. Considering undeveloped land in my part of New Jersey typically sells for upwards of $1 million an acre, I can see why theater owners sell. Fortunately, I will always have the memories of my parent's bringing me to see Star Wars in the old Mercury Grand Marquis, listening to the sound on the horrible speakers, staring up at that huge screen.
Ok, memory lane aside, since its been a while since I've been to SFO, does anyone know if the drive in that is near the airport is still open? I might be going out that way in a few weeks...
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Yyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16403 posts, RR: 56
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1185 times:
Toronto just gained a NEW drive-in surprisingly last summer. Our previous one in city limits closed in 1980 or so. The new drive-in is a golf driving range by day, so the owner are trying to double-utilize the ground.
Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
4holer From United States of America, joined Feb 2002, 3075 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1183 times:
There are 2 of them here in PHX and I go to one of them every coupla months. Still alot of fun sitting under the stars and near the east approach to Sky Harbor on a camp chair enjoying a cold beer. Even better that I can do it in winter here.
During my wilder teen years in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, there were three of them within a few miles of each other, but our regular haunt was the Echo Drive-In, with its thick concrete screen. We knew the girl who worked the "door" and she'd let us in for free with our whole crew and our half keg and our noise, so long as she could join us later. I must have seen (but not heard) The Breakfast Club 25 times that way.
All three of those drive-ins are long since closed. I don't know if any are left in PIT, but fortunately the fact that they can operate its 8(?) screens year round combined with the fact that the one I go to is on an Indian reservation with its cheap land should give me the chance to keep going for a while.
FlyGirl757 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1175 times:
I have ALWAYS wanted to go to a drive-in! I wish they were still around.
Doesn't NYC have an Outdoor Movie theather though? Like in a Park or something...I would LOVE to do that. Something about being outside...on a blanket...snuggling with a loved one or just hanging out with friends.
Covert From Ghana, joined Oct 2001, 1467 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 1172 times:
4holer, the answer to your question is no, unfortunately, now those lots have turned into malls with cheap dollar stores. I have heard that there is still one somewhere north of here, in Butler county or soemthing like that but it escapes me.
Americanmd80 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 491 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1159 times:
DRIVE IN'S ARE THE BEST!!!!
there are still two operational ones somewhat close to me in Rochester, NY. me and my friends go atleast twice a month. You get 2 first run movies for 6 dollars. The audio comes through your car stereo which is cool because it's surrond that way......this theater has 3 different screens...pretty cool...
the last movie I saw there was Chariles Angels and bruce almighty and 2 fast 2 furious...
do what you like . like what you do . life is good
Srbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1110 times:
Atlanta still has one drive-in left, the Starlight Six Drive-In. I've been meaning to go see a film there, but I guess the stadium-seating multiplex has spoiled me. Every Labor Day Weekend they have a B Movie fest. http://www.starlightdrivein.com/
Fokker Lover From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1091 times:
Right across from the airport in Moon Twp. is the Dependable Drive In. It survived the 70's and early 80's by showing pornos. Now it has 3 screens and is very family oriented. The main thing they have gotten away from is a fixed speaker on a pole. Now you tune in to their sound system with your own radio. A few years ago I blew all of the speakers out of my car watching the Flintstones.
AvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2478 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1083 times:
My God! I thought these things went extinct long ago! I can't believe there are ANY left! Last time I went to one of these was about THIRTY years ago. Used to go with my Dad but then we finally got tired of the crappy, tinny car speakers, the lack of air-conditioned comfort and MOST OF ALL-the bloodthirsty mosquitos that squeezed through the crack in the window where we had to mount the godawful speakers. Yes, this thread sure brings up memories-OF BEING EATEN ALIVE BY KILLER MOSQUITOS! I'm not sure this is the sort of surprise you should spring on your fiancee. We all have this idyllic, romantic notion of Drive-Ins from the 1950's; I found the reality quite different. But do what you think best, hope she'll appreciate it.