Bring Back the Drive-in Movies

mcherwood By mcherwood, 24th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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A favorite pastime of ours should be resurrected. Our family has wonderful memories of nights at the drive-in theater when the children wore their pajamas and we brought our own snacks as we watched the big screen surrounded by a thousand cars.

Bring Back the Drive-in Movies

There is one Drive-in Movie left in western New York - the Transit Drive-in located in Lockport, New York, preserving a cherished tradition. The owner doesn't want to be the one to close the last Drive-in Movie in the area. It has been in existence since 1952. Also, he has been very successful with two record summers under his belt and this summer is also looking good.

On Friday and Saturday nights, about 2,000 adults and 600 children, paying $8 and $3, come to the Transit Drive-in in 1,100 cars. Many come an hour early and play cards or board games to insure a good spot to watch the movie.

When my children were young, one of their favorite pastimes was an evening at the Drive-in Movies. At that time, there were half a dozen Drive-ins within a short distance, so we could pick and choose which movie we wanted to see. We would bring our own snacks - pop, potato chips, popcorn, candy, even sandwiches, to save money. Pillows and blankets came with us and the children wore their pajamas in case they fell asleep and needed to be carried up to bed when we arrived home.

Sometimes we would bring two of the neighbor girls, or our children would go with the neighbors. It was such a popular thing to do.

I don't know why the Drive-in is part of the past now. This generation is missing out on a great adventure. It may have been the economy that drove this entertainment out. Perhaps too many Drive-ins could not be supported.

Then again, the advent of the VCR and the DVD has replaced even conventional movie theaters because of the lower cost and the convenience of viewing a movie in your own home, allowing five or six viewers to watch for the cost of one DVD.

I miss those simpler times. Drive-in movies have gone the way of the streetcar, the walk to school, the telephone party line and the Mom and Pop grocery stores. Perhaps some entrepreneurial soul might just see the profit that could be gained from bringing back a favorite nostalgic pastime to a new generation of viewers. I, for one would patronize it.

Sources:

Personal experience

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Cherished Tradition, Drive-In Movies, Pajamas, Pillows And Blankets, Snacks

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author avatar mcherwood
I am a retired teacher/ administrator for the Buffalo School System. I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.
I write book reviews, film reviews plus a large variety of topics.

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