We are going back again in the past. Way back to when our
town had a DRIVE IN THEATRE..Ours started in 1950! Remember those???
If you are young, you probably don’t. They are rare to find now
days. Back then you could take a whole car of people to
the drive-in for 5$.They would do a head count so,some of us
(not saying who) would hide
in the trunk and then get out and watch the movie after the car
got inside the parking lot. The picture above depicts the ads that
would run on the screen telling us of the wonderful treats the snack
bar would sell. You could get just about everything in there.
A mini-type restaraunt in it’s day. Kids would take jobs there
to watch the movies and make money at the same time.
In our town there was a swing set and stuff set out for
the young kids to play on right in under that screen so
they would not get in the way.Parents took us kids
along so they could go out and view a movie without
paying a babysitter. Us kids would sometimes
dress in PJ’s and go to sleep in the back seat with
blankets if the adults were watching a double header
movie. Those usually lasted until near 1:00 AM.
Those were the days…Now the only drive in close
to us is miles away in COLDWATER MI. Many people go there
to just experience the whole adventure as it once was.
Now days you can tune your car radio into the station and
the sound for the screen comes into your car.
Back in the old days a speaker was placed onto your
window and you could only hear from one side of your
car. There was a large button you could turn the volume
The speakers were
on posts that divided each parking space.
Teens who drove used the parking lot
for all kinds of things after the movie started,
many a car had steamed up windows!!
Some kids sat on the roofs of the cars
on a hot summer night. When the movie ended
the drivers of the cars would blow their horns
in approval if they liked the films. I remember the
grown ups didn’t care for that as it woke the
kids up who were sleeping. On some weekends,
during the daytime, the large parking lot was
used for swap meets.
I just remember that we loved to go there and
it was always a treat even if us kids did not like the
movie we had lots of fun.
Hope you have fond memories too, if not you missed
out on a wonderful part of U.S. History.
You name it we have it..rain,sleet and now more white stuff is
predicted.. (sigh) poor birdies!! I think March may be going out
like a LION this year here.
HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT DAY !!!