questionswhen was the last time you were at a drive-in?

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There is one about 20 minutes away, but I don't go to it a whole lot. It's cheaper and all, but the picture and sound quality are terrible.

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Closest one to me is over 100 miles away. The last time I went to one was in the late '90s, at a theater which is now closed.

They're good for nostalgia, but Cap is right. The audio/video quality is terrible.

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I've never been to one, it seems like it would be OK if I wasn't in Houston with all the bugs and humidity and murderers lol

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Last time I went was last year in Pontiac (about a 30 min drive) in the parking lot of the Silver Dome where the Detroit Lions used to "play". Took the pickup and put an air mattress in the back of it. The picture was fine and the sound was just played through over the radio, just had to tune it in.

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Probably about 1981 in San Jose, CA. They had multiple screens, and charged by the person. My ex had us take 2 cars & park by different screens, then go from car to car watching different movies.
Probably why they went out of business.

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It's been a few decades, actually. It was always a big kick to take a bunch of kids and buddies and do a big picnic deal. It was also nice to take the wife on a cheezy date night kinda thing.
Here in LA, they weren't really "outlawed", just "over regulated". Some nut would get on the news on all the degradation that happens in his own mind when he thinks about all those unrestricted people in there, and the PTBs come a storming. The police say they need a dozen cops, most undercover, to make sure there's no teen sex, drug or alcohol use, or unlawful camping. BTW, here's the bill. The local gov says we'd make more money if it had a better zoning, so we're going to up your insurance coverage by the local agency run by my bro-in-law. BTW, here's the bill.
The one nearest me turned into another apartment "village" complex, the next on is an outdoor swapmeet, and then the next nearest one eventually turned into an industrial complex.

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We got to one about 15 minutes away several times in the summer, have done for years. We get to see 2-3 movies for half the price we'd pay at the theatre (back to back flicks on one, then flip to the other screen for a repeat of the first showing of whatever was on screen two). We bring a pizza and bag of other junk food, and a cooler with pop and ice. One of my favorite things to do in the summer.

Most comfortable time was when we had a rental pickup truck (normal vehicle was being repaired after a girl hit us)--- we filled the back up with a million pillows. Wish we had a truck for that reason now, but we make do with the Element.

There's another maybe 25 minutes from here, and one just beyond that as well. Not sure how many others are in Ohio, though, but seemingly a fair few here near Dayton.

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1973, Ohio University to see Play Misty For Me. A friend of my roommate ran the projector so we got to sit in the booth. Boy those were great times. Yes I'm that old.

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Probably been at least 35 years and probably getting close to 40.

Here's another good website about drive-ins.

http://www.driveintheater.com/

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We don't have any drive-ins :(

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I used to love to go to the Admiral Twin in Tulsa. It burned down a couple of years ago. :(

[EDIT] Turns out they are trying to rebuild, but some punks vandalized it yesterday. http://www.krmg.com/news/news/local/admiral-twin-vandalized/nN9NX/

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We have one about 1.5hrs away. I took my son when he was about 10 so he could experience a drive in. It was a fun night.

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We have one about 10 minutes away. Usually a double feature. They used to have horrible movies but now they're first run. Now showing Dark Shadows and The Avengers. It's $5 to take in all the food you want. Otherwise you have to buy at the concession stand, which is where they make their money, not from the people to see the movie.

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@pooflady: If they have movie theatre style popcorn, they can have my money. Something about that popcorn is hard to pass up! And current movies to boot? I'm a bit jealous.

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go several times each summer to the one nearest me about 15mi away:
http://van-del.com/
3 screens, double feature on each, separate FM channel for each screen.
Monday nights B.Y.O.Bag for free all you can eat popcorn
Tuesday BOGO admission.
currently has:
Avengers/Hunger Games
Battleship/Wrath of the Titans
Dark Shadows/The Lucky One

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@minkeygirl7:
I spent a fair bit of time around OU in the early 2000's..(I wasn't a student, but most of my HS Friends were) I don't remember a drive-in, (or remnants of one) close to Athens....nearest i recall was up near...Logan... course there was a fair bit of time between our Athens experiences......

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Thanks for posting this, it's been a really long time since I've been and I want to take the kids some time. I used to live right next door to (right on what used to be Route 66 in STL). We would watch the cartoons at the begining of the feature through the fence before we had to be home.

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Reading through the comments here has made me terribly nostalgic. I also saw Play Misty for Me, long ago. When my daughter was an infant, it was so very nice to be able to pack her up, and watch a double feature, without worrying about a sitter. I think I haven't been in a drive in for more than thirty years.

I miss them. Warm summer nights, and that tinny sound you can only get from those hideously wonderful speakers.

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2 weeks ago. We usually go at least once per month during the summer since our local six-screen in only around 2 miles away. We usually go with 2-3 other families, bring a small bbq for hot dogs and a cooler full of beer & margaritas. The kids have a light-up frisbee, and two of us usually throw some old foam mattresses in the back of our trucks for the kids while us parents all sit in chairs. Always first run movies and always double features. There is a 3rd showing, so if you're willing to move from screen to screen in between movies, you can catch 3 movies for less than one regular theater admission.

This particular drive-in has been slated for demolition for years, so it is awesomely run-down and decrepit, and that's ok with us. We're going to keep enjoying it and making memories for the kids as long as its still standing.

http://www.google.com/movies?hl=en&near=sacramento&dq=sacramento+6+drive+in&tid=f0f737b831be361c&sa=X&ei=IkW4T8bLB9LbiALFqsWjBw&ved=0CBIQxQMoAA

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we may even head out tonight and catch the avengers, 21 jump street, and battleship all in one trip!

by the way, picture quality is good and sound is broadcast on low-power FM, so sound is GREAT when you bring a boombox.

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Probalby about 1972. I know when I lived in Utah (until 2004) there was one open not far from us that ALWAYS had car loads of people trying to get in.

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couple months ago. They just closed the one near my house, so that sucks. Guess I can go to Glendale, but that's next to a food bank. Just not really safe real estate.

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1978? When did Star Wars come out?

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It breaks my brain to try to think back that far! With a slightly damaged brain...the last time I went was probably well over 35 years ago. Took my 2 children, we saw Shaft w/Richard Roundtree. Still love the theme song. Miss Isaac Hayes. :-( Great movie! Cheap entertainment.

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20 mins away, Becky's Drive In, near Allentown PA

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I've never actually been to one. There's never been one (open) around me as far as I know, though I shall be checking the site as soon as I finish this post. It is something I have always wanted to do, though. Hopefully I can find one that's still in business!

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I love the Drive-inn, but the one by us started charging insane prices and made a "No Outside Food or Drink" rule. The whole point of the drive-inn is to have your own munchies. When I was young we used to tail gate at the drive-inn!

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Never had the experience. :(

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We don't have any around here anymore, but back in the late 80's in high school we used to go to one about 15 miles north and it was a bunch of fun. We'd all pile into a friends pickup and sit in the back and it was just a great time....oh the good ol' days.

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Saw The Avengers & John Carter there last weekend. We go every few weeks every summer. Even drive 45 minutes to get there. 2 movies for $7.50 a person is a great deal. Plus the food they offer at ours is much more varied than your standard theater and cheaper too!

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I'm curious-- how do those of you whose drive-ins have a 'no outside food' rule enforce that? Do they search your cars when you come in?

If ours ever put that kind of rule into place, I am done with it-- the concession stand is so, so disgusting in that place. They haven't been updated since at least the 70s, and don't look like they've been cleaned since then either.

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When I was a kid the only drive-in left in our State was for Porn movies... The last movie we snuck into there was a cute little spoof called "Star Whores". I remember Princess Lay-her being pretty hot!!

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@lmensor: And that's what I remember about them. Trying to squeeze as many people as you could in to on vehicle for the "per car" price. It was such a fun experience. It is a bit sad they have gone by the wayside for the most part.

Though I am glad to see that some places have them and people are still going. It is something my wife never experienced and I'd love to take her to one.

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Quite often during the season actually - we have two within a 40-50 minute drive from home, one with 1 screen and the other with 2. Both have a good picture, and sound via FM transmitters - so quality is not an issue.

It looks like most of them seem to play similar movies at the same time; this weekend was Avengers and Dark Shadow at both theaters, the one with two screens ran Battleship and American Reunion on the other.

The dual screen is constantly renovating, and part of a local chain that owns/operates several sit-in theaters, and two different drive-in theaters.

Great way to spend an evening...

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I've never been to one.

While NY State still has quite a few, none are within a two hour drive of my home.

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I used to love drive-ins as a kid. THe one that was near our house would do double pics on the weekends. You had to get there early to even get in. It would fill up super quick. Sadly, they sold out to a condo developer. Was a very sad day to drive by and see condos. Some memories can never be recreated. Today's youth have no appreciation for the past. I'd take the drive in over imax and 3d any day of the week.

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I, too, used to love drive ins. Last time I went was when I took my daughter, then 6 years old, now 34 years old. It was so much fun when we were children. We'd have our baths, put on cleam jammies, take pillows and blankets and have what we than called a "blast" ... thanks for memories!

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It's been 25 years at least. And I probably wouldn't go if there was one anywhere near here. I'd rather sit at home and watch it on blu-ray. Then I can pause it when my wife starts talking or I need to use the facilities.

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Just looked it up and there is one about an hour away. Have fond memories of going to one close to my house as a teen. Was always up to no good ;)

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The last thing I saw at the Drive-in was The Sixth Sense. I was just trying to talk my husband into going the other night but he wasn't interested.

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Ugh, I just looked and it's $8.00 per person now! They used to just charge $10 per car.

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Took the family to the drive-in in Santee (maybe less than 30 minutes away) about a month or two ago to see The Lorax. It was playing with John Carter.

My parents used to take my sister and I to the Capital drive-in up in San Jose all the time when we were younger. I had the pleasure of taking my two daughters to the same drive-in for a couple years a while back. We all loved it!