Drive in theaters were a big hit primarily in the 60's and 70's.
There was a lot of plus's about drive in theaters. For example, as a norm, they showed two movies
and often times, 3. That is, you only paid once to get in, then the movies were shown back to back.
You got more viewing for your money than the usual inside theaters.
Another great feature of the drive in was, you could bring your own beer, whiskey, pot, food, whatever
you wanted. You couldn't smoke pot in a walk in theater and expect to get away with it nor drink booze
in a walk in theater and expect to get away with it.... ushers.
Still yet another great thing about the drive in theaters was that you could simply enjoy the summer
weather. If it was very hot, people would get out and sit on top of their cars, some would bring lawn
chairs and sit in those.
You couldn't have sex very easy at a walk in theater.
My first husband and I went steady for over two years before we married. He was two years older than
I and had a car. So in our high school years especially, Friday night was pretty much reserved for the
drive in night. We'd go to the drive in and usually meet up with other friends. Most of the movies at
that time that played in the drive in theaters were biker movies and scary movies. Altho Easy Rider was
one of the best movies ever made, in my opinion anyway, theaters ran it into the ground and then would
show one or two off the wall biker movies after it.....very sleazy biker moves with very poor acting.
Of course, there was always the thrill of placing friends and family in the trunk of the car so you could
save on the theater ticket price. I remember once we put my two younger cousins in the trunk and
after we got inside, I wouldn't let them out of the trunk for a bit...they were screaming.
Well, it was all in good fun.