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  • Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

    This article's a little old, but the theater's still there and popular.


    Drive-in movie attracts crowds in Virginia
    Town saves icon of another era and enjoys old-fashioned nights out
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14381313/
    http://www.hullsdrivein.com/

    Double features for $5.00. Now that's my kind of moviegoing. The only thing that would make it even better (for me, at least) is if instead of new movies, they showed classics like this:

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    Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

    We have a Drive-In up here in the Bremerton Area. About 20 minutes or so from where I live. They only operate in the Summer. Its been there my entire life.

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    • #3
      Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

      Wow...thanks for all the great YouTube links...

      Remember drive-ins? Are you kidding me? As a kid growing up in the 60's, my folks brought me 2-3 times a week...

      And it the 70's, as a teenager and young adult...I still watched the movie most of the time.

      Southern California, LA and Orange County, used to be the mecca of the drive-in theater.

      No, there are none left in the OC...and between LA and and Ventura County, there's just one...the Vineland in the City of Industry. They still have a couple in the Inland Empire I believe.

      Here's a link to a great website for SoCal drive-in fans and others as well.

      http://mysite.verizon.net/res8ibgr/socaldriveins/

      Enjoy. The snack bar closes in 10 minutes.
      God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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      • #4
        Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

        Fond memories! Nothing like hiding in the trunk so my parents would save $1.50.

        Really though, Drive-inns are an awesome memory of my childhood. There is one in Santee Ca that I'm dying to go to next time I'm in San Diego.

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        • #5
          Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

          i used to LOVE going to the 101 Drive In in Ventura..i used to have a 1973 Volvo station wagon and we'd always park it backwards, throw sleeping bags in the back and kick back watching movies....i really miss those days
          Will there be screams when the sun sets,
          -=Is It October Yet?=-


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          Originally posted by pratt55
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          • #6
            Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

            Originally posted by elly View Post
            i used to LOVE going to the 101 Drive In in Ventura..i used to have a 1973 Volvo station wagon and we'd always park it backwards, throw sleeping bags in the back and kick back watching movies....i really miss those days
            On my latest visit to Barnes and Noble, in the strip mall where the 101 used to be...

            I think I figured out that Kohl's Department store is just about where the snack bar used to be...
            God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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              Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

              Don't forget to stop by the snack bar for some goodies in between shows!

              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<obje...mbed></object>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<obje...mbed></object>
              http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=<obje...mbed></object>

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              • #8
                Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

                Originally posted by Radiobarry View Post
                On my latest visit to Barnes and Noble, in the strip mall where the 101 used to be...

                I think I figured out that Kohl's Department store is just about where the snack bar used to be...

                awww Barry..that makes me soooo sad, the last time we were in Ventura it was so weird to drive by there on the freeway and see all those stores instead of the drive-in.
                Will there be screams when the sun sets,
                -=Is It October Yet?=-


                Originally posted by Tinkermonkey
                elly is the ultimate nerdy girl. But she makes it sexy
                Originally posted by pratt55
                Elly is adorkable.







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                • #9
                  Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

                  Originally posted by Radiobarry View Post
                  No, there are none left in the OC...
                  This was the last one, off the 22 Freeway and Beach Blvd. in Westminster -




                  BUT!!!!


                  There's a new drive-in that's been operating all summer in Costa Mesa, at the OC Fairgrounds. It's been VERY popular.

                  http://www.star-vu.com/

                  Here's a shot of their opening night!

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                  • #10
                    Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

                    We do have a Drive-In here in the Reno/Sparks area, but its in such a horrible part of town i honestly wouldn't feel comfortable going there, which is a shame
                    Will there be screams when the sun sets,
                    -=Is It October Yet?=-


                    Originally posted by Tinkermonkey
                    elly is the ultimate nerdy girl. But she makes it sexy
                    Originally posted by pratt55
                    Elly is adorkable.







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                    • #11
                      Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

                      Originally posted by Retrocool View Post



                      There's a new drive-in that's been operating all summer in Costa Mesa, at the OC Fairgrounds. It's been VERY popular.

                      http://www.star-vu.com/

                      Here's a shot of their opening night!

                      I saw Oceans 13 there! People are sooo nice (I kinda' forgot to wash my car pre-movies, and this guy who washes windows professionally right next to us! He saw us struggling and washed my window and it was soooo great!). Also you can bring your favorite foods in!

                      Look in the background, you can see Vanguard University.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

                        By the way, Barry, here's a link with some info and photos on the Vineland, the only remaining drive-in theater in Los Angeles County. http://www.drive-ins.com/detail/catvine

                        You know, you might want to check out the Southern California Drive-In Movie Society, Barry. You seem like the kind of guy they'd love to have as a member.

                        Also, here's the info on the three in the Inland Empire you mentioned (plus two others I found out about!):


                        Van Buren Drive-in
                        3035 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside
                        951-688-2360
                        http://www.drive-ins.com/theater/catvanb
                        Screens: Three
                        Capacity: 1,500 cars
                        Opened: 1964
                        Admission: $7, 9 and younger free


                        Rubidoux Drive-in
                        3770 Opal St., Riverside
                        951-683-4455
                        www.rubidoux.icyspicy.com
                        Screens: Three
                        Capacity: 600 cars
                        Opened: 1948
                        Admission: $7, 9 and younger free


                        Mission Tiki Drive-in
                        4407 State St., Montclair
                        909-628-0511
                        www.missiontiki.com
                        http://www.drive-ins.com/theater/catmiss
                        http://www.myspace.com/missiontiki
                        (their snack bar even has churros!)
                        Screens: Four
                        Capacity: 1,885
                        Opened: 1956
                        Admission: $7, 9 and younger free


                        Skyline Drive-in
                        31175 Highway 58, Barstow
                        760-256-3333
                        Screens: Two
                        Capacity: 600
                        Opened: 1966
                        Admission: $6, $2 kids 2-11


                        Smith's Ranch Drive-in
                        4584 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms
                        760-367-7713
                        Screens: One
                        Capacity: 330
                        Opened: 1954
                        Admission: $5, 3 and younger free


                        Here's a great slideshow with audio that you'll probably enjoy: http://www.pe.com/multimedia/flash/2...n13/index.html

                        It's in relation to this news article in the Press-Enterprise:


                        Families return to Inland drive-in movie theaters

                        05:17 PM PDT on Thursday, July 12, 2007

                        By MARK MUCKENFUSS
                        The Press-Enterprise

                        Slideshow: See people enjoy a night at the drive in
                        Video: Experience the magic of drive-in theaters


                        Riverside had the Magnolia, San Bernardino the Mount Vernon. Banning sported the Cherry Pass, while Rialto and Fontana had the Foothill and Bel-Air, respectively. Even Big Bear Lake, like most Inland Empire communities, had its own drive-in theater. But it and the others are now gone.

                        If you had asked just about anyone 10 years ago, they would have told you the drive-in was history.

                        But like a Monty Python character, local drive-in theaters seem to be crying out "I'm not dead yet!"

                        In fact, in the past few years drive-in owners say they have seen a resurgence in business.

                        Although it usually takes opening multiple screens and daytime swap meets, theater owners say drive-ins have returned to profitability. Recently, the Orange County Fairgrounds began hosting the Star-Vu Drive-in, which uses an enormous inflatable screen.

                        "Maybe even 10 years ago, it started to pick up," says Fred Williams, who has managed the Van Buren Drive-in in Riverside for 38 years. "The last four years, things have been going like crazy."

                        Story continues below

                        Photos By Stan Lim / The Press-Enterprise
                        Skyline Drive-in 31175 Highway 58, Barstow; 760- 256-3333;
                        Screens: Two; Capacity: 600; Opened: 1966;
                        Admission: $6, $2 kids 2-11
                        Jeremy Gross, 15, and his sister Krista Kolonis, 6, both of Victorville,
                        sit on top of their van as their movie begins at Skyline Drive-In Theatre
                        in Barstow.


                        Williams and others say the resurgence is due to a number of factors. Most important is the fact that drive-ins are now offering first-run films instead of having to wait weeks for them. Better technology also has enhanced the quality of the picture and sound.

                        Paul Geissinger, 54, is president of the United Drive-in Theaters Association and owns Shankweiler's Drive-in in Orefield, Pa., the oldest operating drive-in theater in the country. It opened in 1934. Geissinger says drive-ins throughout the country are enjoying an upswing in business.

                        "I think it's widespread," Geissinger says. "People are interested in the nostalgia of the drive-in theater. And it's reasonably priced family entertainment."

                        Geissinger says there are 408 drive-ins left in the country. Of the 10 remaining drive-in theaters in Southern California -- not counting the Star-Vu -- five are in Riverside and San Bernardino counties. As land values in Southern California escalated, it became more profitable to sell drive-ins in more metropolitan areas. But some rural drive-ins held on.

                        Frank Huttinger is vice president of marketing for De Anza Land and Leisure Corp., a family-owned business that operates the Mission Tiki, Van Buren and Rubidoux drive-ins, along with several others.

                        At a time when many drive-ins were being torn down, Huttinger says, "the family members looked at it and said, 'There's potential for growth there. It's time to put the drive-ins back on the map.' Let's say it's met and exceeded our expectations."

                        Story continues below

                        Smith's Ranch Drive-in 4584 Adobe Road, Twentynine Palms;
                        760-367-7713; Screens: One; Capacity: 330; Opened: 1954;
                        Admission: $5, 3 and younger free
                        Clara Bills, 11, and her brother Ethan, 8, of Twentynine Palms, wait for
                        the movie to start.


                        Teri Oldknow is senior vice president for De Anza. She knows some don't understand the effort.

                        "There are a lot of people who will never get it," she says. "They can't understand why people would want to be outdoors."

                        But for those that do, she's pleased to see new life in the business in which she grew up. She says she has enjoyed seeing a return to the family atmosphere she knew as a kid.

                        "Being involved in (the) comeback," she says, "I feel like I have a guaranteed place in heaven."

                        Reach Mark Muckenfuss at 951-368-9595 or mmuckenfuss@PE.com

                        _________________________________________________

                        Drive-in Food

                        Drive-in food means different things for different people. For some, the distinction doesn't really exist. But for others, there are certain foods they only purchase or make when they go to the show.

                        "We always get Foster Freeze, and that's the only time we get it," says Amanda McDaniel, 21, of Twentynine Palms. She and her husband pick up the fast food before heading to Smith's Ranch Drive-in. "The old-fashioned (burger), waffle fries and Dr Pepper -- it's drive-in food."

                        Here are some other examples:

                        "We go to Walgreen's or Wal-Mart and get the Raisinettes or Gobstoppers. We don't buy the candy any other time." - Neil Brown, 35, Joshua Tree.

                        "Sunflower seeds." -- Chris Durant, 29, Upland

                        "Peanut M&M's, we only buy them for the drive-in." - Larry Morris, 32, Victorville

                        "Popcorn. The real butter is a selling point." - Al Andrade, 49, Ontario

                        "We always get a bucket of Red Vines." -- James Alefaio, 34, Twentynine Palms
                        Last edited by Retrocool; 10-08-2007, 11:39 PM.

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                          Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

                          [quote=Retrocool;2221573]This was the last one, off the 22 Freeway and Beach Blvd. in Westminster -



                          Did you check out the Southern California Drive-ins site that I referenced? Thanks for the other links.
                          God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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                          • #14
                            Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

                            Originally posted by aashee View Post
                            Fond memories! Nothing like hiding in the trunk so my parents would save $1.50.

                            Really though, Drive-inns are an awesome memory of my childhood. There is one in Santee Ca that I'm dying to go to next time I'm in San Diego.
                            How I remember drive-ins! I grew up in San Diego and we had plenty of them. Now they're all gone save a few.

                            I lived in Santee for awhile and saw many movies at the Santee Drive In. Originally, there were two screens showing different films at each end of the parking lot. You chose which film you wanted to see, then parked your car either north or south to see the appropriate screen. Today, there is only a single screen. It was most fun on a balmy summer evening to throw a couple of lawn chairs and a cooler in the back of the pickup, park backwards and sit under the stars in the pickup bed, drinking... uh... Cokes... and watching the movie.

                            You may also want to check out the South Bay Drive In near Imperial Beach.
                            "Yesterday, a man walked up to me and said, 'Isn't it a shame that Walt Disney couldn't be here to see this?' and I said, "He did see this, that's why it's here."
                            -Art Linkletter July 17, 2005-


                            When you wish upon a star your dreams come true.

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                            • #15
                              Re: Remember seeing movies at the Drive-In?

                              Originally posted by Radiobarry View Post
                              Did you check out the Southern California Drive-ins site that I referenced? Thanks for the other links.
                              Yes I did, thanks for that! That's a great resource!

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