The last movie I saw at a drive-in theater was the movie “Pet Cemetery (1989)” which was some 22 years ago. I can’t really tell you why I stopped going to drive-in movies but I did. I was thinking how big this form of movie going was back in the day. I know locally we still have a theater. It was the same theater I last saw a movie at. I have made a pledge to myself that I will go back and see a movie there and re-experience the feel of watching a movie from the comfort of my car. I think how much I long for things from yesteryear and here I am abandoning the things from that time period. If we are true lovers of all that is retro or vintage then we owe it to the past to patron what was once famous and popular to the people of that period. So please, lets all promise to try and keep those things that are mid-century alive by supporting them by being present.
For most teens during this time it was a way to escape the watchful eye of the parents to make out. I imagine there were a lot of young teens that couldn’t tell you what movie they saw.
As a lot of us know kids do not have the attention span to watch a movie. The answer the drive ins came up with was a playground. This was great for parents that needed a break and just wanted to watch the movie. A lot of kids never made it through the whole movie because of the Sandman.
A lot of the time when you saw a movie at a drive in you would get a double or triple feature. The theater would play really corny “intermission” videos so you could go to the restroom or more snacks. Here are a few intermission films…