The Drive-In Theater

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For those of that are old enough to remember, there was nothing quite like a trip to the drive-in to see a favorite movie!
drive-in theaters have pretty much disappeared from the American
Landscape, but in their day they were quite the rage! In the northern
part of the country it was mainly a warm weather activity, however some
drive-ins had window heaters installed so if one could keep the frost
off the windshield, movies could be enjoyed in even the coldest of

There was nothing quite like enjoying a summer evening
sitting in a car, with the windows rolled down, enjoying a flick under
the stars and full moon! With a gentle breeze  flowing in the window,
there was nothing to disturb the evening except the  need to massacre
an occasional mosquito.

It was a great place to enjoy a date
with your main squeeze. One could count on the fact if the moment did
happen to get romantic, those immortal words would emit from the loud
speaker, “Jones, your chicken order is ready!” What a setting. As you
can imagine, overcoming that interruption always required a great deal
of concentration.

Probably the best part of the drive-in scene
was the Sunday night gathering  for the weekly party. Anyone who was
anyone would be there. It was well known in the area that no one went
to the drive-in on Sunday night to watch a movie. Whatever event was
happening on Sunday it was planned around the weekly ritual of going to
the drive-in! If there happened to be a little beer left from a Sunday
afternoon party, so much the better. It sure was good with the chicken.

Cars would be coming from all directions and the crowd would start gathering
just before dark and one of the main challenges would be to see how
many people could get in for free. It wasn’t uncommon for kids to be
piling out of  trunks as soon as it was dark enough to be unnoticed.
Little did we know this training became very useful for those who later
went on to Vietnam.
It wasn’t so much to avoid paying the entrance fee, it was just fun  to see what one could get away with.

It was unheard of to have  a date on Sunday night, why would you want to
do that? What, miss all the fun? It was always the perfect ending to a
week-end, soon the movie would end,  we would pack up whatever was left and head home to face another work week and look forward to the next Sunday Night at the movies.

The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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