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#1 Jul 09 2013 at 6:53 AM Rating: Good
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Does anyone yet have a drive in Theater in their area?

The last time I went was to see The Hulk (2003) but there was so much external light in the night sky it was hard to see the movie.

I miss the drive in experience but today's big graphics don't seem to shine on yesterday's old out door screens.

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#2 Jul 09 2013 at 6:57 AM Rating: Good
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None I know of. But I'm in Jersey. No where populated enough to warrant a drive in has sufficiently low light pollution to make it possible. A quick google search suggests there's still one open in the state, but all the rest of the 57 listings I see are now closed.

I don't really get the appeal. I understand there could be a nostalgia aspect, but I rather sit in a dark, air-conditioned room without mosquitoes. But I suppose not everyone lives in areas where it's so humid and bug-infested.
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#3 Jul 09 2013 at 7:13 AM Rating: Good
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We still have the Bengies in my area, but it's been years since I went to it.
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#4 Jul 09 2013 at 7:42 AM Rating: Good
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
I understand there could be a nostalgia aspect...
There is that. In fact, I watched with Six You Get Eggroll this weekend - an old Doris Day, Brian Keith movie. I had originally seen it with the family at the drive-in when I was just a tot.

Later as a teen the drive-in was one of our party spots. You could easily sneak in kegs of beer (and broke-*** boyfriends). But even later when my kids were little, drive-ins were easy. Easier than a theater. We packed a picnic dinner. the kids could conk out after the first flick and hubby and i could watch the second in relative peace without worrying about a baby-sitter. Lastly though you just have much more lenience in your car than in a theater. If you want to smoke, drink, laugh ****, eat kippers or talk on your cell you can do that and not bother anyone.
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#5 Jul 09 2013 at 7:56 AM Rating: Good
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I'd be surprised if there wasn't a drive-in theater somewhere in my general area. I'd imagine it'd be in Long Island if anywhere.
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#6 Jul 09 2013 at 8:06 AM Rating: Good
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Poughkeepsie, Middletown, Warwick. The rest are all along the Northern/Western edge of the state.

It looks like the first drive-in in the state was on Long Island, though. There's a Facebook group with a massive (67) following demanding that a drive in be brought back to Long Island.
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#7 Jul 09 2013 at 8:10 AM Rating: Good
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We have one in the area. It used to show adult films back in the day, and the sign looks like a ****.
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What a great lineup they have...
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Today, they're showing:

Screen 1: Despicable Me 2 & Man of Steel
Screen 2: White House Down & The Heat
Screen 3: Monsters University & The Lone Ranger

Looks like this weekend has some different movies in there. $25 per car for 2 movies isn't a bad deal, provided you actually have interest in both movies on a screen.
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Today, they're showing:

Screen 1: Despicable Me 2 & Man of Steel
Screen 2: White House Down & The Heat
Screen 3: Monsters University & The Lone Ranger

Looks like this weekend has some different movies in there. $25 per car for 2 movies isn't a bad deal, provided you actually have interest in both movies on a screen.


Unfortunately, all I'd be interested in here was Despicable Me and Monsters University...
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#13 Jul 09 2013 at 9:21 AM Rating: Good
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There's one about 40 minutes outside of Nashville that my wife and I often go to during the open season (usually March-Oct). It's $7.50 per person for 2 movies, and obviously they show current stuff. I can't remember when I last went to a "normal" movie theater. It's a great atmosphere, and the concessions are also awesome and reasonably priced (stuff like Reubens, fried mushrooms, fried pickles, deli sandwiches). They also just converted to a digital projector last year, which brought them up to the same quality as other theaters. I highly recommend the experience to anyone with one in their area, especially if they actually keep things current.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
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Today, they're showing:

Screen 1: Despicable Me 2 & Man of Steel
Screen 2: White House Down & The Heat
Screen 3: Monsters University & The Lone Ranger

Looks like this weekend has some different movies in there. $25 per car for 2 movies isn't a bad deal, provided you actually have interest in both movies on a screen.


Unfortunately, all I'd be interested in here was Despicable Me and Monsters University...

I'd like to see The Heat. Sandra Bullock often succeeds in making me laugh and cry in the same movie.
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#15 Jul 09 2013 at 9:37 AM Rating: Good
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At one point, back in the nineties, I think my small town had one of a dozen or so that remained in the country, if Joe Bob Briggs was to be believed.

Sadly, I never took a date there except as part of a group.
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#16 Jul 09 2013 at 9:49 PM Rating: Excellent
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The drive-in near my old home town is still around. I can't remember the last time I saw a movie there, though. Had to have been at least twenty years ago, if not longer. I do recall it was pretty popular back in the '70's. They still seemed to have decent crowds up to when I moved two years ago.
#17 Jul 10 2013 at 3:15 PM Rating: Decent
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We used to go to the drive in all the time. There was one right in town, like a 5 minute drive from where I lived as a teen. It was great because they charged by the car (and it was cheap, like $5 a car even in the late 80s). So it was a pretty popular place to go. I honestly don't think drive ins died out so much due to lack of popularity, but relative costs and cities wanting the rather large real estate put to other uses.
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#18 Jul 10 2013 at 6:15 PM Rating: Good
Within 1 hour drive there are 3. Here in the mid-west, back in the day, my parents say it was common for almost every "large" town to have one. I think all 3 of the ones I know of are all on Rt 66, so they get to use that to draw in crowds (but most who go are regulars).
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#19 Jul 10 2013 at 8:59 PM Rating: Decent
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I think there might be one within an hour drive. We used to have several but they all went out of business probably back in the early 90's. I never did understand why. I would think they would have a low cost to operate and they were always busy.
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