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 Post subject: The Drive-in, relic of yesterday, finds itself suited Now
PostPosted: Mar Sun 22, 2020 2:41 pm 
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It would be nice to see a comeback... :)

NEW YORK (AP) — The drive-in theater, long a dwindling nostalgia act in a
multiplex world, is experiencing a momentary return to prominence.

With nearly all of the nation’s movie theaters shuttered due to the coronavirus
pandemic, some drive-in owners think they’re in a unique position to give
moviegoers a chance to do something out of the house while keeping distance
from others. This weekend, some drive-ins aren’t the only show in town.
They’re the only show in the country.

The Showboat Drive-In Theater in Hockley, Texas, about a 30-minute drive
outside Houston, normally sees ticket sales go down about 40% on a weekend
when they don’t have any new movies. Last weekend, they saw a 40% increase,
says the theater’s owner, Andrew Thomas. Usually open weekends, Thomas
has kept screenings going through the week.

https://apnews.com/bd766ac42089fffaf45e2920e1cd33ed

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PostPosted: Mar Sun 22, 2020 3:09 pm 
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Not a bad idea, I hadn’t thought about the one a bit south of here

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I worked as an usher at one during high school. My brother and I called the place "The Dump," as it was in poor condition. Many evenings, the manager would chase everyone away from the ticket booth and keep selling the same ticket over and over, pocketing the money.


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They have found another use as well. A local one is being used as a drive-in church Sunday mornings.

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PostPosted: Mar Sun 22, 2020 3:22 pm 
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There is a drive in in Glendale, AZ (north west Phoenix area) that still shows as open (chain is closed in several other states).

https://www.westwinddi.com
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Note that this is all subject to change moment by moment. They could also be closed by the time you read this.

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Oh yes, Curtis, I had completely forgotten about going to the "Snack Bar"
and the Restroom...huh...well I would bring your own food and a jug to
pee in. :oops: That may not work well though for the ladies.

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The Fairhaven Drive-In was next to the Dump, often by the second feature the wind would shift and the smell of burning garbage would waft over the lot!

At the end of its life the drive in became a drive in Church...

Something in these times would be very helpful...

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The Tony Packos here in downtown Toledo turned their parking lot into a drive-in theater last night. They put up a giant inflatable screen and for $50 you got a meal and a movie and it did not matter how many people were in the car. They all got fed.

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That's a great idea ! 8)
I was not familiar with the place so...

https://www.tonypacko.com/

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The Rodeo Drive-in Theater In Bremerton (Washington) is open and they have three screens of first run movies. In fact, KIRO-TV7 just did a great story about the theater being open and doing sensational business right now:

https://www.kiro7.com/news/local/its-be ... Y344URPYI/

Here's the theater's website:

http://www.rodeodrivein.com/


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We still have an active Drive-In in our state.

http://winchesterdrive-in.com/


According to this link.

https://www.driveinmovie.com/OK.htm

Appears to be several Drive-Ins open throughout the state however appears to be several Drive-Ins closed also.


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I worked at two drive-in theatres in high school. They were a good place but as time went by they became very rough and extremely violent, especially the Rodeo! Some very scary moments. When school was out, for the Summer, I worked nights at one and was the janitor at another. Hard to imagine all the debris and trash to be picked up and floors to mop.

The projection booth was great. I believe the sound systems were all tubes. (it was about 1960). Several times some device would fail. I think they were rectifiers for the arc carbon projectors. I would help the projectionist switch the wires to the good one while the customers angrily blew all their automobile horns at the delay between each reel. Great Times!

It was a great time despite the danger at my night time job at the Rodeo Drive-In Theatre. Twice a week we had to put new movie titles on a large marquee sign at the Rodeo entrance. Passing car occupants would throw rocks at us sometimes while doing that job. Guns and Police began showing up at the Rodeo as gangs began to frequent the theatre. I finally quit after one such incident that I thought was going to be my end. Very fortunate to make it through that last dangerous night! One drive-in left in Arizona, I believe. It has nine screens showing different movies. The Glendale Nine or something like that. For additional business it is a thriving flea market on the weekends.


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We still have 3 functioning drive-in theaters in the area, Shankweilers, Becky's, and the Mahoning.

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juke47 wrote:
But, ...as time went by they became very rough and
extremely violent, especially the Rodeo! Some very scary moments.

In So Cal in about '71-'72 we started getting gangs also at the Van Nuys Drive-in. :roll:

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Do the current ones have digital projectors?


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We still have the "88" .https://88drivein.com/88_Drive-In_Theatre/Welcome.html 8)

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Alan Voorhees wrote:
Do the current ones have digital projectors?

As of 2013: "The vast majority of indoor theaters — hardtops, in drive-in lingo
— have already converted to digital projectors, but 90% of drive-ins have not,
according to an industry trade group. ... At their peak, there were more than
4,000 drive-ins, accounting for 25% of the nation's movie screens. Today, that's
down to 1.5%." -Jan 19, 2013

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Alan Voorhees wrote:
Do the current ones have digital projectors?

Yes, all the currently open theaters including drive-ins have converted to video projectors and computer servers. Or as I call them, big screen tv.


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We have a couple around here, too. The Sunset Drive In in Middleport, NY. http://sunsetdrive-in.com/, and the Transit Drive In in Lockport, NY., both still popular, but the Transit is a HUGE success, and has been for quite a while. I can attest to the lines of traffic waiting to get in, especially on Friday and Saturday nights.... https://www.transitdrivein.com/history.htm

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Hello Ken,
I grew up going to the rodeo drive-in have found memories with that place .

Sincerely Rich


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