Near our house, nestled between a baseball field and a cemetery lays an empty field. For those who have lived in our city within the last 20 years, they may not have a clue what this place used to be. But I have many fond memories of this place as it was a destination for me, my siblings, and my parents on many family nights. It used to be full of people and activity. If you were to explore this desolate area, you would notice metal poles in the ground evenly spaced throughout and a couple of huge white walls towering over the vast openness of this place. This used to be the home of our local drive-in movie theater. Thousands of these establishments were found throughout the United States, but sadly, many have gone extinct, making way for the more luxurious stadium-style seating of multiplex cinemas and IMAX theaters.
We are so fortunate to have a drive-in theater still near us … only about a 15-minute drive. And this summer, it has become a family favorite. What’s not to love about the drive-in movie theater? You can bring your own snacks, recline in your seat, or have a little tail-gate party before the sun sets and the feature presentation begins. With the back seats removed, we laid out blankets on the floor of our van and enjoyed the experience of an outdoor movie theater on a beautiful, warm summer night. The only down side is that the movie let out so late. We made do by dressing the kids in their pajamas, and they fell fast asleep on the way home. We’ll definitely be coming back.
If you have one nearby, I hope you get a chance to go before it eventually ends up in the drive-in graveyard.
(Photo credit 1: eliduke)
(Photo credit 2: Fraser Valley Pulse & Metro Vancouver Pulse)