Although, I am not a part of the first generation to experience drive-in theaters, after watching my first full-length feature film at a drive-in (Calvert City, KY) I can definitely understand their appeal. Arriving about an hour early to get our spot, I soon realize the many families who are there really make this a full night of reasonably priced entertainment. The back field is quite convenient for a few games of catch or tag for the youngsters and the concession stand offered a substantial array of ball-park cuisine. Our pre-evening entertainment consisted of throwing a football, and pulling out our lawn chairs and opening a good book.
Before the movie started, we decided sitting in our car might be better for us in masking some of the surrounding distractions. We tuned into the radio station that broadcasted the audio and soon our feature began. (This theater actually runs two movies starting at 8:20PM or later). I noticed at first the projected image on the screen seemed a bit faint but as the evening grew darker the image improved. There was definitely something appealing about sitting in your car versus sitting in a theater seat next to your everyday stranger. Yet, this theater was not free from distractions; every once in a while a driver forgot to shut of their headlights and a few tall individuals forgot to duck down while passing in front of the projector. While watching the 2+ hour film we made sure our car continued to start to ensure the battery kept its charge.
Overall, a great night out of the house enjoying one of America’s favorite past-times.