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Discussion in 'Movies & Entertainment' started by Sheldon Scott, May 8, 2015.
Indeed. Though the number of drive-in theaters had decreased dramatically there are some that continue to stand fast in providing a unique avenue of entertaining and escape from the four walls.
I miss the old fashion drive-in, was it the movie you wanted to see or the snacks that you could have so much fun eating while looking at the movie.
Someone is building a drive-in theater in Bangor, Maine. Actually, I think they may have opened it by now. All of the older ones in Maine had closed, I think, although one Maine town (I forget which) has a walk-in outdoor theater. So, while most of the drive-in theaters have closed, there are some new ones being opened every now and then.
I think the last time I went to a drive-in was while I was still at school. There's not much chance of my ever going again now as the last drive-in theatre in South Africa closed down in early 2014.
Oh I really miss them! I remember the lawn chairs, and the cokes and candy bars. They were so much cheaper too! I wonder why we ever thought it was okay to pay a half day's salary to see a movie in a theater, and the other half for a box of popcorn!
The old theaters are going the way of the drive in, in many small towns. I imagine a new drive-in will have three screens in the center, allowing multiple offerings. Speakers will be on FM frequency on radio. Do all cars still come with a radio? If not, wireless options will be available. Food is an Unknown.
The movies....about the same.
Oh the drive in movie theater. I remember the one that use to be around a mile or so from my home, it was called The Silver Dollar. But of course it closed down about ten years ago. Its nice to know that in some areas the drive in theater is still around, and that its being resurrected in others. This is a form of entertainment that was so popular in the fifties, sixties and even seventies it was sad to see it get phased out as time went on.
So what do you think really phased out the drive-in theaters, television, cable/satellite, indoor movie theaters? Who do you think continued to battle the competition, a family business maybe?
I'm sure that there were a lot of factors involved but in the case of the closing of the last drive-in theatre in South Africa, the decision was apparently made because of technical restraints. Apparently they couldn't cope with the move from film to a digital system.
Switching to digital by the distributors, put a lot of them out of business. "Digital projectors typically cost between $60,000 and $150,000 each."
Oh, I never thought about that. That is enough to make a business close up shop too. Thinking about the expense of the equipment and then training or hiring someone who is knowledgeable in operating it.
My home town had three drive-ins and they all closed years before digital came along. I think daylight saving time had a lot to do with it. By the time it was dark enough to show the movie people were already doing other things or going to indoor theaters.
Television became the Family's entertainment screen.
Most of the drive-in theatres in South Africa closed long before digital came along too, and we don't have daylight saving here. I'm guessing that the decline in their popularity would have coincided with South Africa getting television for the first time, which only happened sometime in the 1970s. I'm pretty sure that's about when my family stopped going to the drive-in.
they were so cool. a great way to spend a summer night. as a kid we used to put our pals in the trunk and get em in for free
I always enjoyed watching the sun set over the big screen and cuddling under a blanket as the night air turned cool then I was being awaken to go into the house and go to bed. I was never one to stay up late.
It has become too easy for people to watch movies from the comfort of their homes, either through cable TV, DVDs, streaming, Netflix, etc. I think a combination of these things has led to the demise of movie theaters in general. I know when my wife and I go, it is not at all unusual for us to be the only ones there, and rarely are there more than a half dozen people watching the same movie as we are. I don't know how they stay in business that way. I know that a lot of the older classic theaters went out of business due to the move to digital because it was a large expense, and one that came at a time when theaters were already on a decline. Probably, drive-ins began to wane due to multi-screen indoor theaters that were simply able to offer more move options. Those that are still open, and those that are reopening or even starting new, are probably hoping to cash in on the nostalgia angle.
I remember being stuffed in the trunk many times! And I also remember forgetting to remove the speakers from the windows once in a while...did I pay for the damage or just drive like crazy to safety? I don't remember! LOL
Richard, I bet you were not the only one who drove away with the speakers still attached!
When I was younger, a bunch of of kids would get to go with the adults. We would load up the station wagon and hide under blankets. There was nothing like seeing a movie on the big big screen!
We did not buy any food there. We popped up the Jiffy Pop and made marshmallows dipped in chocolate. Oh yeah, it was a gooey mess by the nights end. Ha ha,Von, I would fall asleep, too!
As Ken mentions, I think, the drive-ins will make a come-back by striking a chord for those seeking some nostalgic entertainment. A good way to do this would to bring back some of those good old fashioned classic movies. I know, my parents first date was to go see an Elvis flick at a drive-in! I would like to go see the Sound of Music.
I've had the opposite experience. I used to go during the day, and be the only one in the audience, or one of just a few people. Nowadays, it seems no one works 9-5, because regardless of what time I go (it's been a while, though, maybe 6 months), the theater and parking lot are crowded! And, everyone seems to have tons of money to spend at the concession stands. I don't know where they're getting their money, but I wish some of it would flow this way, because both the movies and the snacks are outrageous these days.
I think there are a few drive-in theaters in this section of Texas, but none nearby. It was always such a thrill to pile in the car when we were little and go, and our drive-in had swings, as well, so that was an extra treat. As teenagers, we would all pile in the car, sneak our snacks in, as well as some alcohol, and have a blast. We also drove away a few times with the speakers attached. Eventually, it seemed about half of the stands didn't have speakers, but by then, we were able to turn in the radios, and hear the show that way.
We don't have a drive-in movie here but I can relate from what I had seen on tv and olden movies on cable channels. There was a plan to put up one here but the cost of land had stymied the investor. And now that the movie industry is on the downslide, I don't think the drive-in movie will be a reality.
That's a shame. I hope someone steps up and is able to buy some land there and build one. I don't know about the process, or how much the place would have to charge, but perhaps they could show old movies, not the newer ones, which should lower the cost significantly. If the movies were popular, there should still be fairly large audiences, and there are some older movies, such as cult films, that would really thrive.
I'd love to see drive inns flourish again, especially since the economy is abysmal here, and people could use another low cost source of entertainment. In addition, there's a social aspect, as long as people would open their windows, or step outside of their vehicles. So many drive pickups here that I'm sure the backs would be filled, and that would foster interactions with others in different vehicles.
Maybe drive inns could make arrangements with local small business vendors to provide unique snacks, which could help attract patrons and improve both businesses. The dinner theaters seem to be popular, but I'm thinking more along the line of tamales and tacos, slushes and snowcones, which should be popular in this area, or local specialties there in the Philippines, that people crave, and would be willing to pay for.
It was a totally big deal when our drive in got little heaters to place in our car. We thought this was as advanced as it can get. Yea, sure.
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