Monday, August 15, 2005

What about a drive-in?

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The one thing that none of my kids have experienced, and probably never will, is a Drive-in Theater. If I had the money, and could operate without a profit, I'd find some property and open one up. Some of my most wonderful childhood and teen memories took place at the Drive-in. As young kids, my brother and I would sit in the front seat with our snacks, while my Mom and Dad sat in the back and cuddled like teens. As teens, we snuck people in by stashing them in our trunks, filled coolers wtih cheap beer and drank it while sitting on the hoods of our cars, or went on dates and made out in cars that still had bench seats (no captain style seats back then). The Shore Drive-in, the Surf & Sand, and the old theater at Hilltop - all gone, but the memories linger with many of Virginia Beach's locals.

Sad that our kids won't get to experience that kind of fun.

dena at 5:47 PM



at 7:55 AM Blogger soapbox.SUPERSTAR said...

I will always remember the one on Baxter Road. We would sit on our roof and watch it from the house!

at 11:29 AM Blogger zazzafooky said...

This makes me sad too! Drive in's were amazing but I think with the advent of Dolby Digital, Widescreen... blah blah blah... Drive Ins lost their appeal, but don't we all remember quality isn't why we went!?

at 11:33 AM Anonymous Mayberry said...

We are lucky enough in Mayberry to still have our drive-in. We took it for granted for years, then in the Spring the owner passed away. Everyone in town freaked out because we just new that someone would buy the property and build an Applebees or something. Luckily the family sold it to employees that wanted to keep it going. It rocks and now it stays packed because we all want it to make money. At the same time, at 5 bucks for adults and kids under 10 free, it's way cheap. So if you pop your own popcorn before you go and take juiceboxes for the kids, it's a fraction of the cineplex price. Plus the kids love it because they can talk and move around without getting fussed at. And unlike when I was a kid, you don't have to listen to it over the crappy speakers, you use your car stereo. Before kids, we would take a cold sixpack and watch the movie under the stars in lounge chairs with friends, now we can let the kids climb all around the minivan while they watch a flick.

at 2:50 PM Blogger pantrygirl said...

Totally hear ya.

It's a shame my kids won't be able to experience that.

In the city they have a semi-drive in thing where you go to the pier and watch a movie on a giant projector but it's not the same.

There's something about being in the car with your family in your pjs and listening to a flick on a tinny speaker hanging off the car window.


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