Drive-in Movies

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  1. Diane Lane

    Diane Lane Very Well-Known Member
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    Wow, I was looking around and found this. Talk about a blast from the past. Luxury powder room, nursery comforts, refreshment service in your car, that sounds nice. I don't recall if they had the in car refreshment service when I used to go, but I remember it was a big deal to walk up to the snack stands. http://cinematreasures.org/theaters/11460/photos/72861
     
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    In my city drive-in theaters were extinct in the early 1970s, when I was still too young to attend such a kind of venues.

    Later, in the 1980s, there was an attempt to revive one of the oldest in the city. I was already in my 20s and didn't want to miss the chance, but was so deceptive! It was not like drive-ins portrayed in magazines, but a mix of nightclub set in a parking lot with fast food serving and TV screens with beta-format videoplayers.

    Unsuccessful venture, it closed doors less than one year later, and no drive-in theaters here since.
     
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    I have an old program from our long gone drive in. Was a favorite spot to take a girlfriend. image.jpg
     
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    Hmm, I guess they were trying to modernize it, but that doesn't sound like the shared social experience of the old time drive-in theaters. Ours was around at least until the late 70s, because I recall going with friends when we were teens.
     
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    @Diane Lane, the cost of land is not worth the projected revenue of a drive in movie. That's what a film director said in an interview. Land is expensive in Metro Manila and if you go to the suburbs where land is cheaper, there are no moviegoers there to patronize your business. And to think that the tv and the internet is replete with shows, movies and even documentaries, it is much too difficult to compete.

    A famous theater owner here was also asked one time about a drive in movie. Her answer was that it is not economically feasible since space in the Metro is expensive. Even car parking will cost you 100 pesos (around $2.50) in whole day parking and that parking has no roof, mind you. So the question is how much would you charge a car for the drive in? The estimated cost, as per the ballpark figure of that movie producer, was 400 pesos or roughly $10 per person. That's quite expensive here since the ticket in the theater is just half of that amount, roughly.

    The difficulty of the drive in theater boils down to one thing - the cost of the land inside the city.
     
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    I think that's a problem with drive-in theaters overall. In the United States, they were built on the edges of towns, often outside of the city limits, where the cost of the land and property taxes were cheaper. As cities expanded, they became part of the city, subject to higher and higher taxes, as people were building houses and other businesses, driving the property values up. Eventually, they became too expensive to operate and the land was more valuable sold than used as a drive-in theater.
     
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    One of the earliest ones!;)
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    The movie industry here is on a downslide and some even say that it is already dead. To innovate, a theater owner looked at the prospect of the drive in movie concept. But as I had posted earlier, the cost of land was the crux of the matter. Rental is out of the question because land owners prefer to erect buildings for condominiums or office spaces. Actually, that theater owner has a building right in the city so she knows the costing involved in putting up a space-intensive project like a drive-in movie. On a brighter note, there is a government agency here called FDCP (Film Development Foundation of the Philippines) that is also dabbling on that idea. For now, they show old movies in the rural areas using a projector screen like a mobile theater. Let us see if they've got brighter minds there.
     
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    Charlotte, NC had one last time I was there for a visit. But the rest of the ones I was familiar with are gone now. That's so sad, too. I won't go to a theater. If I want to see a particular movie it's either at my house or a friends house. It would be the drive in every time if I had the option, though.
     
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