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Thursday, July 25, 2013

A Night at the Drive-In Movies

Drive-in movies bring back some great memories for me.  When I was a kid, we had a drive-in nearby and my mom would take us on occasion.  There was really not much else to do in my small town, so the drive in would be hopping on a Friday night.  I can remember stopping at the grocery store to pick up some snacks on the way there.  Cookie Crisp cereal was something we always bought since that was the only time we ever got to eat cereal like that.  :)  Then we would pile in the car and head to the drive in.  We would place the old metal speaker in the window and prepare for an evening of big-screen entertainment.

That drive-in theatre is no longer there but we do still have one in our area.  So, not wanting my kids to miss out on the experience (especially since I've heard rumors that this one is closing for good after this season), we picked up some snacks - including a generic version of Cookie Crisp cereal from Aldi :), brought blankets and pillows, and piled in the car.  The technology is different now as there are no more old metal speakers.  Instead you use your car's radio, tuned in to the station they tell you for that particular screen.  

We got there around 8:30, knowing that we'd have about an hour before the movie actually started.  So we brought a soccer ball, bubbles, and some glow sticks to entertain ourselves.  


The sky wasn't spectacular by the time we got settled, but it was still pretty.

We had lots of fun with the glow sticks.



It was a pretty chilly evening.  Temps didn't even get to 70 degrees yesterday, which was a welcome break from the oppressive heat we've been having.  However, it made for a cold evening at the drive in.  By about half way through the first movie, we had all moved inside the car.  Squeezed in as best we could.  

Alex fell asleep about 3/4 of the way through Turbo.  We woke him up at the end so we could regroup.  I turned the car around facing forward and we all sat in our own seats.  The boys complained a little - being in the back seat and all - but we made it work.  And we were much warmer for Despicable Me 2.

The second movie ended around 1:00 a.m.  I was surprised that everyone was still awake at that point.  However, as soon as we got home, the boys brushed their teeth and headed straight for bed.  Keira and I unwound for a little while and then hit the sack also.  Needless to say, we all slept in this morning.  :)

I'm glad to have gotten the chance to share this experience with the kids.  And who knows?  Maybe we'll get a chance to do it again before the summer is over.

Little by Little


Rebecca said...

Your glow stick designs are pretty creative.

Silvina Soave said...

Preciosas fotografías y unas imágenes muy creativas!!
Abrazos desde Argentina.

Kim said...

Such a classic icon of days gone by. I remember the drive-in. We don't have them around here anymore. These are such fun glimpses of your evening!

Nicki said...

Some of my fondest memories of childhood were at the drive-in movie. Also the product of a small town with little else to do, and I wouldn't trade it for all the high tech options today. I am glad your children got this experience and the picture of the sunset is gorgeous and the glow-sticks - amazingly fun (going to make a note and do that myself).

Betty Luckhurst said...

Ah, the memories of a drive-in! The one we went to had a kid's playground just under the screen for before-movie and during-intermission play. Those were great times, laying on the hood of the car.

Sarah Halstead said...

How fun! Love the glow stick photos. Need to do that with Dustyn. He isn't a fan of sparklers.

Sharon Collins Photography said...

OH I so remember the drive-in... shame there are so few left these days. Fabulous glow stick images.

Amy said...

Oh, I love the glow stick pics. My daughter and her family were there last night also. We haven't been there yet this year.

I hope we don't lose the Drive-in. It's irreplaceable.