Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Now Playing

I just got an e-mail with the movie schedule of the week for the local drive-in theater. Really! It is so cool, even though we haven't been in many years, I still get a kick out of the e-mail reminder. It reminds me of back in high school when that was the only place to go. You could take your own food, popcorn, candy, fried chicken, whatever you want, or of course they have the concession stand. You bring a blanket for the cold nights. When we were dating back in the early 70s they would play bingo at intermission between the double feature. You would be given a bingo card with your admission, and then they would call out the numbers over the speaker (the one that you got off the pole by your car and hooked onto your window). Some folks would bring lawn chairs to sit in to watch the movies, others would sit in the back of their pickup trucks. When the sound would die or if the film got off the track, everyone would blow their horns. Sometimes the fog would roll in so thick you couldn't even see the screen. Great memories.

We have always loved movies, either going to the movies or watching them at home. I thought the modern walk-in theaters with stadium seating and incredible sound systems couldn't be topped, but now when we go, and watch the people put their feet up on the seat in front of them, and talk on their cell phones, or just talk to each other during the movies, I wonder if maybe the drive-in is a better choice. We may have to research this further, will keep you posted…

Swan Drive-In

Double Feature, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 28th, 29th & 30th.

7:30PM - Saw 2, Rated R

9PM - The Fog, Rated PG13

2 comments:

Alice said...

I was so surprised to read that you still have Drive-In movie theatres. I think there is an odd one still around in Australia but they are certainly few and far between. I remember taking my children during the school holidays to see 'Herbie Goes Bananas' (yes, it was about 25 years ago). There was such a crowd that it took us about 20 minutes to travel the last 200 yards into the theatre where we managed to get one of the last places right up against the back fence. We watched the rest of the first movie, and then we all fell asleep and slept right through 'Herbie'. I remember my teacher telling me in 1952 that he had been to a Drive-In theatre on Saturday night. It was the first such theatre in Australia.

When my youngest daughter was about 7 years old I told her one Saturday morning that she would need to have a sleep that afternoon as we were going out that night. She asked where we were going? I said, "We are going to the movies but we are going to sit in the car and watch the movie". I can still hear her response "Oh suuuure, Mum". She thought I'd gone mad, and taken at face value you can understand why. She'd been to a cinema and I'm sure she visualised us driving into the cinema and sitting in the car watching the screen.

susan said...

They are few and far between here, also. We are just lucky that ours is still in operation!