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while were on the good old day thoughts

Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,365 ✭✭✭✭

any of you even live close to a drive in theater. I know most are long gone now

the town I for the most part grew up in Sidney Oh. still has there's when I was a kid it was on the edge of town surrounded by farms may the hours I spent there as a little kid then as a teen sneaking in or hiding buddies s in the trunk 🙄 we went up to just a few years ago but one of my sons still goes .

my gosh the memories just driving by the place brings a smile. funny I don't remember the movies from my teen years while their 😍 🤩

any way now its like a small island surrounded by housing and businesses.😥

I am glad the family is trying to keep it going but it has to just be a matter of time before a next generation takes a offer from a local developer.

when my wife and I 1st met there was one ( drive in ) in about every town with in driving distance of 1/2 hr of us but sadly all are long closed except Sidney's

even one that's long closed down also it was about 40 minute drive from sidney and how they got away with it I still wonder it was in the middle of nowhere ( why I guess it managed to get by ) but as a teens we went they showed XXX films and I mean nothing held back the ticket taker would ask are you 18 and every one in the car why yes we are ,,Ok $2.00 each followed by know this we all going to jail together if you lied LOL while smiling at us

but of course drag strips is another old hang out and tons of memories we use have several tracks with in a 1/2 hr or so all gone now lot of hours burned up watching and hanging out even raced some

where we live now their is a small circle track been there for ever LOl they still race and have practice days we can here them on Wednesday practice and Saturday night races spend a lot of time their also when younger


  • Wild TurkeyWild Turkey Member Posts: 2,426 ✭✭✭✭

    In the days before kids we would sometimes have a "Movie Marathon" weekend. Start Saturday afternooon at a "second run" theater, then an early show at a first run, then grab some supper and head to the drive-in for a double feature. It was great when we could take lawn chairs and put them in the back of the pick-up with my good speakers on long wires.

    Fun times.😎

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,185 ******

    There were two Drive Inn theaters in my hometown but both are now long gone. There is still one going about 45 miles from where I live now and I used to take my then girlfriend\now wife to. Even took my kids there when they were young. Haven't been back in at least 15 years.

    I would never make it until dark without falling asleep nowadays! 😁

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,181 ✭✭✭✭

    Closest one is about 2 hours away. It is one of 2 or 3 in the whole state (NC) ,i think .Growing up there were 6 or 7 within a 45 minute drive . Youngsters don't know what they are missing

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • buddybbuddyb Member Posts: 5,223 ✭✭✭✭

    The last one I remember being open was in Greenwood SC.It may still be open.

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,181 ✭✭✭✭

    I tried Google

    To my surprise it says we have 9 drive ins scattered around from an hour and a half to 4 hours away.

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • Toolman286Toolman286 Member Posts: 2,941 ✭✭✭✭

    Someone built one in our area about 12 years ago complete with a diner. Decent place, food & prices. It never caught on and then there was a fire in the kitchen. End of story.

  • SW0320SW0320 Member Posts: 2,376 ✭✭✭✭

    We had one only about two miles away from our house. Funny thing is that I only went a few times and never really enjoyed it.

  • dpmuledpmule Member Posts: 6,638 ✭✭✭✭

    My eldest sons mother in law owns and operates this one. American Dream Drive in, Powell Wyoming.

    She raised it from the dead and does well.

    Churches even used it for services during the Covid scare.

    only operating one left in Wyoming.


  • mohawk600mohawk600 Member Posts: 5,353 ✭✭✭✭

    Was one near my house until about 1990 or so.

  • William81William81 Member Posts: 24,516 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 17

    Great memories of going to the drive in with my folks when we were little kids. They would put us in our PJ's and we would head out to the drive in at the far end of the town I grew up in.... The first movie was usually a kids movie, the 2nd generally still family friendly and the third whatever was the hot movie of the day....Back in the old days, the food was actually pretty good at the concession stand and not that pricey !!!

    And in the 70's, carloads of us were at the drive in several weekends through out the year.... Great memories. It was likely 77 the last time I was at a drive in... We have not lived where there is one nearby since then !

  • bullshotbullshot Member Posts: 14,242 ✭✭✭✭

    When I was a kid growing up in Daytona, there were three drive-ins in the area. We too would pack 75 of our closest friends in the trunk and park in the back row to unload them.

    Any of you guys ever use those "mosquito coils"? They used to sell them at the concession stand (at least in Florida).

    I remember $1.50 cheese pizzas and 50 cent hotdogs

    All the good things are long gone now .............................................. so sad ..............

    "Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you"
  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,365 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 18

    Car load for 5.00 was always a packed night at the drive in

    I remember kids under 12 yrs old was 1/2 fair

    I think my dad would try and pass us al off as 11 utill we were 60 if he was around RIP dad

    Sure met a lot of girls at the conession stands back in the day and out to the car we would go

    Never even got their name most if the time times were different lol

    Great days for sure

    Oh I(we) did get busted by the fellow with the flash light more than a few times

    I wager them fellers have many stories

  • pulsarncpulsarnc Member Posts: 6,181 ✭✭✭✭
    edited January 18

    The one we went to occasionally had a playground off to one side of the screen for the children. Didn't go often as it was expensive on a farmers income in the 60s with 5 kids . In later years ,several of them went to x rated movies .

    cry Havoc and let slip  the dogs of war..... 
  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,365 ✭✭✭✭

    The local drive in had a play ground and grassy area for the kids to keep them busy until the movies started and in the sumer more than few just spread a blanket and watched the movie from that area

    As a kid I look back now how my parents got by cheap by taking us dad fibing about our age , mom taking kolaid and water for us and popcorn from home we never got to go to the conesion stand .

    If we had to go potty. Mom and dad response well it's dark just stay close to the car lol

    Filip side my mom was way over protective of us kids my older brother died at a Mont old and I came close twice

    So if one went we all went

    The R rated movies they took us too were usually the last one of the night but I was awake most of the time

    I recall wow that's better than the national georgaph magazine

  • austin20austin20 Member Posts: 34,692 ✭✭✭✭

    When I was a teenager I worked in a grocery store, the owner of a near by drive-in would give each of us stock boys an annual pass each year. Those were a couple of crazy fun summers

  • elubsmeelubsme Member Posts: 1,969 ✭✭✭✭

    I don't believe anyone has mentioned Spot Light Tag yet, have they??

  • 62vld204262vld2042 Member Posts: 933 ✭✭✭✭

    It was the winter of 1968........

    Our neighborhood drive-in theater was the Village drive-in on far north May Avenue, in OKC.

    Bullitt was being shown........soooooo.......many high-school friends and I would stop by the parking lot, on the west side of May precisely 10:15pm.

    Precisely........because that's when "The Greatest Car Chase" ever filmed was being shown.

    Some days we had about 10 to 15 cars show just watch the chase scene, at about 200 feet.

    Good times......

  • BrookwoodBrookwood Member, Moderator Posts: 13,185 ******

    The drive inns in my area of northern lower Michigan all closed for the late fall and winter months. Downstate in the Detroit suburbs they rented out in car heaters and stayed open.

  • Ditch-RunnerDitch-Runner Member Posts: 24,365 ✭✭✭✭

    I forgot about the car heaters they were free with movie

    I remember later on I think they were short lived we would let the car run off and on to run the cars heater

    needless to say most my cars back in the day had open headers or at least burned out cherry bomb mufflers so not to popular with the surrounding cars LOL

    I bought a used 70 340 4 speed duster it was a neat car to say the least local used car lot I did business with several times he had just got the duster in ( a whopping 800.00 dollars later I was pulling out )

    when I got it home I found a blanket in the trunk. and the previous owner's name she happened to be a older sister of a classmate.

    so i got ahold of her she laughed and said well keep it it will come in real handy

    I hope you get as much use out of it as I did when out driving around 😲

    many years later I realized I should have ask her to go on a test drive🤩 but too late

  • cbxjeffcbxjeff Member Posts: 17,382 ✭✭✭✭

    We still have the Tibbs in Indy. When I moved here in '62 there were many. In the later '60's I had a Vette and a '57 Chevy sedan delivery. My girlfriend's mom wouldn't let her go out with me unless I was driving the Vette. That would require switching rides when needed. Sometimes I still miss that girl!

    It's too late for me, save yourself.
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