Friday, April 15, 2016

A TO Z CHALLENGE: "M" MOVIES, DRIVE-IN

 
Movies: Drive-In
 
Have you ever been to a drive-in movie? There aren't many around these days. When I was a teen though, they were quite popular. The drive-in's peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas, with some 4,000 drive-ins spread across the United States. Among its advantages was the fact that a family with a baby could take care of their child while watching a movie, while teenagers with access to autos found drive-ins ideal for dates.
 
 
I recall certain nights a whole carful of people could get into the movie for $1:00. We packed the car. Or sometimes for a quarter a person. $1:00 sounds cheap, but back then it was a lot of money for the working class.
 
 

 

You hooked the speaker to your window and relaxed.
 
Ah, the good old days.
 
Happy Reading!


25 comments:

  1. I remember those really awful speakers. At some point, our local drive-in switched to an AM station, which was much better.

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    1. Yeah, Diane, it wasn't the best way to see a movie, but we didn't mind.

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  2. There was one near our house, but I was never old enough to see the movies they showed and then it closed.

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    1. I think the movies got worse as time went by, Tamara. We didn't go to some of them.

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  3. Oh I definitely remember drive in movies. With 5 siblings It was an inexpensive family outing.
    When I was a teenager, it was also a much more private date than the indoor theaters :)

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    1. The price was the good thing about drive-in movies, Lynda. Yes, I had some dates at the drive-ins, like we'd double date, or even triple.

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  4. I remember seeing ET at the drive in as a wee lad. Good times :)

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    1. They were good for little ones, Optimistic. You didn't have to worry about them disturbing others.

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  5. Ah Beverly! that's one thing we in the UK never has or had, Drive in Movies. Great subject.
    Enjoy your week-end.
    Yvonne.

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    1. Oh, you didn't have them, Yvonne. I guess a lot of places perhaps didn't either. Have a good weekend too.

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  6. Does sound cheap now, but sure wasn't then. Never been to one as I don't think there was ever any around here.

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    1. We had three or four locally, Pat. They were quite popular with the dating crowd. The price was right too.

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  7. I LOVE drive in movies! There is only one left in Atlanta, but we try to go as often as we can. I had my birthday party there a couple of years ago; we saw Lucy and As Above So Below. Your post reminded me it's about that time of year again.

    Happy A2Z!

    Erica
    www.ericageraldmason.com

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    1. Oh, you still have one, Erica. That's exciting. What fun for a party. Have a great weekend.

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  8. I think there's still a drive in near us, but I'd have to check to be sure. I remember when that was THE Saturday night date place.

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    1. Yep, lee, we all looked forward to Saturday night at the drive-in movies.

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  9. I only went a few times to drive-ins because we lived in the backwoods of Mass. and there weren't any drive-ins near us. But it was awesome when we went!

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    1. They were a lot of fun, Lexa. We went to quite a few.

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  10. I've never been to a drive in, but I think there is one nearby. I should definitely check it out some time.

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    1. I don't know what the modern drive-in movies are like, Sarah. There aren't any around here that I know of. It might be fun to check it out.

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  11. I used to love going to the drive-in when I was a kid. The theater is still there, but I've since moved away.

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    1. here are a few drive-ins left, Kelly. I haven't been to one in years. They were fun though.

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  12. Never been to one. It would be quite an experience. :)

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    1. It would be different, for sure, authormarnareed. Thanks for stopping by.

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  13. We had a great drive-in until 3-4 years ago when they finally closed. They offered great movies the whole time but just didn't draw many crowds any longer.

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