By Baker Street
The Drive-In movie theatre is something of the past. When I was young there were several in our area and we used to go to one regularly. A long queue of cars often waited by the entrance to see the show, as it was a popular form of entertainment.
In the 70’s when we were kids it was a fun family outing. My brother and I would go to see the show along with our folks. When we were kids it was mostly cartoons and films like a James Bond 007-movie. ‘The Rescuers’ featured two mice on a rescue mission, and a dragonfly named Evinrude who sounded like a small outboard-motor on his boat. We used to buy the tastiest roast-chicken at a corner shop before going to the show. We were also stocked up on crisps and cold drinks. There were always vendors and a cafeteria but you were allowed to bring your own food and drink. You would look for a good spot to park and watch the adverts before the main feature. Me and my brother would watch to see who could spot the first star coming out as darkness fell. As the show was about to begin people would blow their car horns and flash their headlights on the screen. Sometimes we would wait to see the second show as it added value to your money. The queue would form again at the exit after the show with everyone eager to get home.
In the 80’s when we were teenagers it was still a popular event. Action movies of actors like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone were doing the rounds. In one action film Arnie says to the bad guy just before he finishes him off: “Remember when I said I’ll kill you last? I lied…” Scenes like this made the movies fun. Vietnam movies such as Platoon and Full Metal Jacket became popular towards the end of the 80’s. ‘Labamba’ was a rock and roll film and was a big hit when it came out. We watched these and many more movies over the years. Many young folk made-out in their cars in those days, and the drive-in was also a place of romance for our generation.
Sadly, in the 90’s it all came to an end with videos and home-viewing becoming the future of entertainment. We still went to the show sometimes and watched films such as ‘Edward Scissor-hands’ and ‘Robin Hood’. Towards the end of the decade the old theatres were all closed down and deserted. They stood empty with only the memories of countless moviegoers lingering like ghosts. For us who grew up with this experience movie-going will never be the same. Now a bygone era, it was the best of times…