The Demise of 2 Great Traditions!

My question for today: What memories do you have about Drive-in theaters and how do you feel about their demise?

I really miss drive-ins.  Those who were born into this digital age have absolutely no idea what fun they missed back in the day!  I would LOVE to go to a drive-in again (probably just to relive some memories) but now, the drive ins that are left, have all turned into flea markets!

My first memories of the drive-in theater are when I was little and the drive-in theater was the ONLY place momma and daddy would take us to see a movie at!  LOL! They thought a car-full of kids were much easier to handle in a car than auditorium, I guess.  I suppose us kids liked it because we did not have to sit still and quiet all night in a car. We could do anything we wanted!   And if we chose to go to sleep, we could.  🙂

Then came the teen years and date nights at the Drive-in… ‘Nuff said.  Not to go too far into the activities of two teens in a darkened car – let’s remember other ways teen-age kids had fun at the drive-in.  😉

We could meet friends, switch cars, run around the dark parking lot, sneak stuff in (including other kids) and other mischievous activities.  Hey!  What can I say?  We were kids out to have some fun and a good time!  We could STILL do most anything we wanted!  🙂

Come to think of it; it seems I probably had more fun at the drive-in than if I had watched the movie!  LOL!  🙂

Yes.  I am very sad to see Drive-ins go the way of the dinosaurs.  It seems that kids now-a-days don’t have a lot of fun things to do to sow their wild oats with, in a harmless way, as their parent’s generation did.  I mean, there isn’t even any dragging main anymore!  Now that was a REALLY fun tradition that’s lacking in today’s world.  Dragging Main and going to the Drive-in go hand-in-hand IMHO  🙂

What do you miss about “the good old days”?

Why can’t I add any pictures to my posts?  I’ve tried!


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Janette is an author of Romantic Paranormal Fantasy. CONNECTIONS, her first series, is Indie published. You can follow her or sign up for her newsletter, and learn more about her new releases as they become available, at She lives in the beautiful and prolific Pacific NW of the USA.
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11 Responses to The Demise of 2 Great Traditions!

  1. Laurie Ryan says:

    My drive-in story is somewhat jaded. I was 16. (And no, there are no hormones involved in this retelling. I was newly licensed to drive a car. And, in order to garner more usage of said car, I volunteered (VOLUNTEERED!) to take my two younger brothers to the drive-in. The movie we saw? Jaws. Turns out they’d seen it before. There’s a particular scene when the guy dives under a boat at night that seemed ominous. I asked my brothers if anything was about to happen. “No,” they answer in unison. Well, something WAS about to happen. And I screamed VERY loud.
    Hmmm. Not quite sure I’ve forgiven them to this day. LOL.


    • jeff7salter says:

      LOL, Laurie. That was one of the scariest scenes in the movie!
      Still can’t believe you volunteered to take your younger brothers.


  2. jeff7salter says:

    Well, I’ll save my tales for Thursday. But there’s a local drive-in which still operates during the most moderate weather months … here in Somerset. Denise has been trying to get me to go, but I still think of all the discomforts of the old days and don’t want to mess with it.


  3. pjharjo says:

    LOL, Laurie! didn’t the recurring theme song clue you in that something WAS about to happen?LOL! I volunteered to do a lot of stuff when I got my license, too! (like driving my friends to school…) Oh! I did some stuff for my family, too! LOL!


  4. pjharjo says:

    See You on Thursday, Jeff!


  5. Iris B says:

    I can’t add anything to the drive through/in/out theme … so sorry …. but I loved the idea of ” We could meet friends, switch cars, run around the dark parking lot” – that’s not the way they show it in the movies. LOL …. more romantic or creepy 🙂


    • pjharjo says:

      don’t get me wrong, there was PLENTY of romance at the drive-in. 🙂 Going there could/or not be a different adventure every time! Every theater has/had its own circumstances. Not all the same. 🙂


  6. Apparently, Kentucky is a hold-out; I know of two others in the general area.I have not gone to either one, although I had attempted to take my kids.Oh well, maybe the grandkids!My memories Friday.


  7. pjharjo says:

    I only know of one in WA state, and I’m not sure if it’s even still running right now. 😦


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