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A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Tue Jul 29, 2003 11:24 pm

My tribute to a wonderful American concept which is slowly going extinct.



I have been so bummed since they got rid of the last Drive-In movie theater on Long Island.  Crying

So now, I am looking for any drive-ins near Livingston Manor in upstate NY. (I'd like to surprise the fiancee next time we go upstate. hopefully one of you can help.)


-But do any of you have drive-ins still functioning near where you live?

-Do you still go?

-Do you have any good Drive in stories (please keep them PG-13 rated Big grin) I remember trying to stuff as many friends I could into the truck of the car so that we could keep the costs down.

-That last movie I saw in the drive-in was Beverly Hills Cops 3. What was yours?
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Tue Jul 29, 2003 11:28 pm

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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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Tue Jul 29, 2003 11:33 pm

There are still a handful of them left here in SoCal that I am aware of. Unfortunately, they are all in less than desirable areas:

Pomona
La Mirada
La Puente

There as one in Rubidoux (near Riverside), but i haven't been out that way in awhile, and I'm not sure if it's still there or not.
 
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:05 am

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.

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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:12 am

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.

Love 'em!
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Wed Jul 30, 2003 12:50 am

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.  Smile
 
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:09 am

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.

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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Wed Jul 30, 2003 1:29 am

Dang.

I knew that there was one near the airport (PIT) that was hanging in there, but I thought that was more "adult" fare. I also think they're all gone.

Sad.
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Wed Jul 30, 2003 2:51 am

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...
www.vintagedrivein.com

the last movie I saw there was Chariles Angels and bruce almighty and 2 fast 2 furious...

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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Wed Jul 30, 2003 4:16 am

There are two that I know of in San Diego.........one of them I know is still in operation while the other I'm not so sure.

Remember there is a drive in scene in the movie "Heat"?..............that one looked pretty abandoned to me.
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Wed Jul 30, 2003 10:19 am

Flygirl, you can see movies on Mondays nights in Bryant Park (right across from where my fiancee works.)

The movies starts at dark, which is around 8-9 PM, but people gather on the long as early as 1 PM!!

It does get PACKED. Try going the next Monday. It is one of those MUST DO Manhattan things you have to do if you live there.

trust me.


great movie! HEAT should be seen in a drive-in!  Big thumbs up
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Thu Jul 31, 2003 9:20 am

Guys,

We still have 2 drive in theatres in suburban Sydney. Both double screen, one at Blacktown and one at Bass Hill.

I equate the drive-in with being a teenager and first getting your drivers licence - and heading to the drive-in to watch a dusk to dawn horror fest!

http://www.greaterunion.com.au/cinema/cinema_6.htm

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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Thu Jul 31, 2003 9:28 am

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.
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Sat Aug 02, 2003 10:02 am

Hey 4holer
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.
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Sat Aug 02, 2003 11:11 am

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.  Big grin
 
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Driv

Sat Aug 02, 2003 11:20 am

I havent been to a drive-in in ages.

Probably the last movie I saw at one was in '92 or '93 on Cape Cod: "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"

I wish someone would bring back drive-in theaters, they are such a blast, and nothing can beat the privacy of your car.
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RE: A Great Concept Drowinn In Antiquity: The Drive-in

Sat Aug 02, 2003 11:22 am

There used to be a drive in about 5 miles from here, but about 4 or 5 years ago it was closed down and sold...I forget what was built in its place...

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