03-22-2020, 11:34 AM
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Wow, drive-in movie theaters apparently are booming now, with quarantining in effect.  That brings back a memory of when I was 6 years old, in 1954, and hospitalized in southern California with polio.  My hospital room overlooked the Circle Drive-In Theater, and I was allowed to have a theater speaker box on my window sill, so I was able to lie in bed and watch the evening movie with sound (as long as my parents approved of whatever movie was playing at the time).  The drive-in later played a major role in my teenage years, especially with one memorable night of my arm falling completely asleep while around my date's shoulders and making me think I had permanent nerve damage.  But that's another story...

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 06-16-2020, 07:34 PM
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(03-22-2020, 11:34 AM)churchilllafemme Wrote: Wow, drive-in movie theaters apparently are booming now, with quarantining in effect.  That brings back a memory of when I was 6 years old, in 1954, and hospitalized in southern California with polio.  My hospital room overlooked the Circle Drive-In Theater, and I was allowed to have a theater speaker box on my window sill, so I was able to lie in bed and watch the evening movie with sound (as long as my parents approved of whatever movie was playing at the time).  The drive-in later played a major role in my teenage years, especially with one memorable night of my arm falling completely asleep while around my date's shoulders and making me think I had permanent nerve damage.  But that's another story...

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 06-16-2020, 07:36 PM
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John,  my best friend in San Diego actually built dozens of outdoor theaters from San Francisco to San Diego.  the day I first met him he was walking free on the top of a Screen.  my friend and I had free passes to all theaters for our teenage years

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 06-16-2020, 09:44 PM
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That’s a good story John. I recall, at a very young age, loving going to drive-in theaters - especially for double features!

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 06-17-2020, 03:13 AM
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Many great memories at drive in theaters. When they had two shows one for family and the second for the parents, we were supposed to sleep in the back and not watch. Ha.

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 06-17-2020, 10:32 AM
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I remember well my first drive in.  It was the early 70s, and I was around 8 or 9.  My parents decided we would do a family night there.  Not understanding fully the movie ratings system, they asked me what the various letters really meant.  They weren't stupid.  Just not up on it.  So there I was, a kid with working knowledge.  Power.  And being a huge fan of the Kung Fu TV series, I decided on Billy Jack & The Born Losers.  Told dad the movie was just like Kung Fu. The warm up movie was Mother, Juggs & Speed.  They had no idea.  Ha, ha, ha.

They soon educated themselves after that night.

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 06-18-2020, 08:55 AM
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I remember hiding in the trunk on admission  Biggrin

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 06-22-2020, 10:40 AM
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(06-18-2020, 08:55 AM)Panther308 Wrote: I remember hiding in the trunk on admission  Biggrin

Same here. The embarrassing thing was it was my own car. Three of decided to go one Friday night. If we all paid to get in we had no money for the concession so I volunteered for the trunk. My car.
Trunk space in a 1969 Chevelle SS396 was such that I was only one who could fit anywho.

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 06-22-2020, 10:43 AM
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(06-18-2020, 08:55 AM)Panther308 Wrote: I remember hiding in the trunk on admission  Biggrin

(06-22-2020, 10:40 AM)Mouser Wrote:
(06-18-2020, 08:55 AM)Panther308 Wrote: I remember hiding in the trunk on admission  Biggrin

Same here. The embarrassing thing was it was my own car. Three of decided to go one Friday night. If we all paid to get in we had no money for the concession so I volunteered for the trunk. My car.
Trunk space in a 1969 Chevelle SS396 was such that I was only one who could fit anywho.

You guys probably drive in the carpool lane with a mannequin too, right? Biggrin

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 06-22-2020, 11:05 AM
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My first drive in experiences was in the 60s. My father would back our station wagon in,  back set up like a bed, my sister and I would have our pjs on and my parents would sit in lawn chairs.  And the little playground right under and in front of the screen, and the fireflies!!!!...

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 06-22-2020, 12:26 PM
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I can recall the good times.  Family night went to family planning night or how many fit in the trunk.

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 06-22-2020, 04:57 PM
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used to love the drive ins as I got old enough to drive to them it was a treat.

this reminds me of a church I passed by this Sunday holding services while the faithful sat in their cars.

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