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Andrew Bitner
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Posted: 09 August 2020 at 8:24am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

It won't surprise me much if we see a revival of drive-in theaters as pop-ups in parking lots (plenty of theaters have big parking lots, after all) if this situation continues. What is probably scaring theater owners is the idea that NOT going to the movies, as a mindset, will harden among the public and even "going back to normal" won't include going to theaters.
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Out of curiosity I looked up the closest drive in by me has a double feature of
Jaws and Jurassic Park for $12 per adult $5 for Children

https://www.forddrivein.com










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(The closest drive-in to me is almost an hour away, but we in fact went last night, John H., and did see JAWS.  We all had a blast, we might go again in September, depending on what's playing.)



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John Harrison
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Did you hide a daughter in the trunk to save money Shaun? It's not a true drive
in experience unless someone gets hidden in a trunk to save a few bucks

Do they still have the clip on speaker I wanna say the last time I went ...98? ...
it was a FM transmitter some off channel would play the sound thru your own
car speakers.
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Doug Centers
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We never did the trunk trick, but we used to have 2 of the smallest kids curl up on the back seat floor boards with a blanket over them and our feet on top of that. All that to save about a quarter each!
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Yep I was hidden under blankets in backseat put in a trunk till my mom put a
stop to it or the drive in was checking the trunks. All of this because they went
from charging per car to per person.

My dad was cheap I "saw" a few movies across the street from a drive thru at
the parking lot of a Hardees. So maybe half of a screen and the slight whisper
of the audio cuz to my dad it was the same thing as going.

My dad died last year and these are the things I remember about him. Now I
think its funny but as a kid I was furious.
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Posted: 09 August 2020 at 7:59pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


Our drive-in last night (Mansfield, CT.) only sold tickets online in advance; all cars were spaced out according to today's social distancing norms; and we could tune our cars to an FM station to have the soundtrack piped-in (which sounded great when you cranked-it!)...

We were also allowed to bring our own drinks and snacks (though you could still order food from your phone and have it delivered to your car), and we could sit outside our family van in lawn chairs without masks--though they were required for anyone who had to walk around to the bathrooms.

Really, it all worked like a charm, and the total cost for a family of five was slightly less than had we gone to the regular indoor theaters.



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Vinny Valenti
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Posted: 10 August 2020 at 9:11am | IP Logged | 8 post reply

"we could tune our cars to an FM station to have the soundtrack piped-in "

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Wow. I was actually wondering if maybe there was a widespread wireless technology that would transmit sound to cars ala Bluetooth. Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest!
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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 10 August 2020 at 2:31pm | IP Logged | 9 post reply

The downside to outdoor theaters is that, by nature, it's pretty much a seasonal thing and subject to weather conditions more than an indoor theater. Otherwise, it's typically a fun experience.

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