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Do you remember Drive-In Movie Theaters?

Date night in a darkened car…

Can you imagine large, open areas, with huge outdoor screens…

the cars streaming in, crunching through the gravel

and parking in rows, all facing the screen?

And dusk slowly darkens the sky.

The smell of popcorn fills the air,

a few movie-goers set up lawn chairs in front of their cars and chat,

others throw a Frisbee, or visit the snack kiosk,

and the sun is almost set.

Sunset hues fill the western view.

And then the screen comes alive…

The Drive-In at Owen Sound, Ontario

Robert and I took the opportunity to spend an evening at the drive-in movie theater in Owen Sound, Ontario at the end of August 2014. We stayed for both the features, and enjoyed the vintage cartoon at the beginning. I could imagine my parents watching that same cartoon when they dated in the 1950’s.

A little history & a few details:

  • a drive in screen can be as simple as a wall that is painted white,
  • or it can be a steel truss structure with a complex finish.
  • Originally, a movie’s sound was provided by speakers on the screen
  • and later by an individual speaker hung from the window of each car, attached by a wire.
  • later this system was superseded by the  broadcasting the soundtrack at a low output power on AM or FM radio to be picked up by a car radio.
  • in 1933 Richard Hollingshead Jr opened the first Drive-In
  • the peak of the Drive In business was 1948-1954 with close to 4000 sites
  • by the 1970’s most Drive Ins started closing, leaving less than 600 open in the 1990’s

Have you ever been to a Drive In?

If you’re interested, check out the website DriveIns.com – and see if there’s one close to you!

It makes for a fairly economical evening out with your sweetie, all huddled together in the dark. It’s romantic.

(And if you have kids, just bring them in their ‘jammies with a pillow and blanket – they might fall asleep before the 2nd movie of the night!)

Some ideas are just too fun to only do when you’re dating!

 

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