Going to the drive-in movie theatre is like going to an outdoor party. You load up your car with a cooler of drinks and pack some snacks, bug spray, and lawn chairs if you want to sit outside under the stars. It will be dark and you can be alone in your car or sit outside with other movie watchers. Admission is only $7.50 for adults, $5.00 for children under 12, and free for those under the age of three. There are few rules to follow: be courteous, don’t speed, pick up your trash, don’t disturb other patrons,no laser pointers, no glass containers, no open fires, no pets, no obscene language, no running, must wear shoes, and no alcohol or illegal substances. If you take a cooler of beer, you might get caught. In my limited experience, I have never seen anyone get busted there. We are discrete. We hide our cooler under some jackets in the backseat and use cup holders.
Route 66 is a restored drive-in with two screens. It originally opened in 1974 as the Green Meadows Drive-in but closed in 1982. It reopened in 2002 in conjunction with a theme park owned by the Knight family. Historic Route 66 runs just a few blocks away from the drive-in. Route 66 Drive-in is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day and shows a double feature on each screen nightly. Movies begin at dusk, usually around 9 pm to 9:45. The movie soundtrack is broadcasted over the radio.It has a centrally located concession stand serving hot dogs, pizza, popcorn, hot pretzels and nachos, candy, dippin dots,soda, and frozen drinks. Restrooms are located at the concession stand. The concession stand closes shortly after the second movie begins but the restrooms remain open. Leftover hot dogs, pizza, and popcorn are sold for $1 on a first come first served basis just before closing.
I remember my parents talking about sneaking into the drive-in with their friends when they were teenagers. One would drive and the others would hide in the trunk of the car. Do you remember those big, roomy Buicks and Oldsmobiles back in the fifties and sixties? Plenty of room for them to sneak in beer and drink it and make out. I’m not really sure but a few babies were probably conceived too there too!
We like going about once a summer. The drive-in is only a few miles from our house. It’s fun watching a movie out in the fresh air. We like to take a cooler of beer and some snacks. We usually buy some hot popcorn. There is something very pleasurable about sitting in a dark car and drinking beer while watching a movie under the stars in the fresh, sweet air. It must be something intrinsic in our nature.
Although the drive-in is popular with couples, it is also a fun experience for families. Route 66 plays a lot of kid’s movies. It can be cheap entertainment if you bring your own food and drinks. There is a playground in the front of the screen for kids to play before the movie starts. Movies start late so kids will most likely fall asleep leaving their parents with some quality time.
We saw Ghostbusters 2016 and The Shallows. Both movies were very good.
Ghostbusters 2016 Review
Ghostbusters 2016 is a remake of the original Ghostbusters movie from 1984. In this version, the ghostbusters are women: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones. Each woman has a little experience with paranormal activity and/or interest in catching some ghosts. In response to an increase of paranormal activity, the women band together and form the Department of Metaphysical Examination otherwise known as Ghostbusters and open a shop over a Chinese Restaurant. It soon becomes apparent that a supernatural, ghostly apocalypse is about to occur and only the Ghostbusters have the ability to stop it.
While the movie was not as funny as the original, it was still a good movie. It had a good little plot, lots of action, and color. I liked the women ghostbusters. I really liked Chris Hemsworth as the secretary. He was gorgeous and hilariously funny. Most of the humor and jokes did not appeal to me and I thought they were silly and juvenile. I did laugh a few times, but I expected it to be funnier. Maybe the chemistry of the actors was not very good or maybe my expectations were too high. I enjoyed it regardless and if there is a sequel, I will be waiting to watch it.
The Shallows Review
The Shallows is a very suspenseful movie about a young, beautiful medical student who has recently lost her mother. She (Blake Lively) and a friend travel to Mexico to surf on her mother’s favorite beach which is very beautiful but deserted. The friend becomes ill and Nancy (Blake Lively) goes there alone to surf and grieve. She is attacked by a shark and swims to a large rock for safety. She is only a few hundred feet from the beach but the shark won’t leave her alone. She is injured and has to fight for her life, hoping someone will save her before she dies. Simple, suspenseful, and very, very good.