A Night at the Drive-In

cottageviewdrivein.jpg Yep…went to the drive-in last night. But instead of seeing Batman and Grease like the picture shows, we saw Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, which was fantastic! We didn’t bother to stick around for The Devil Wears Prada. I hope I don’t have to explain myself on that one.

Anyway, Cottage View is pretty nice. There was a long line of cars waiting to get in when we got there, but it started moving shortly, and we got a great spot. There was some discussion over on twin_cities LJ about whether or not it was okay to booze it up at the drive-in, and I can tell you that, officially, it is NOT okay, but surreptitiously, drink up! We brought a cooler with various beverages, and we also brought our own popcorn (kettle corn!). They didn’t search our car or nothin’. Very cool.

It really does feel like a little community of people coming to see a movie, very different from an indoor theater. Everyone is polite and well-behaved (for the most part). There were a couple times when people turned on their headlights, and there was the annoying laser pointer guy, but I think somebody kicked his ass. And anyway, if someone is talking during the movie, it’s not like you can hear them because you’re in your own little car with the stereo blasting the movie soundtrack.

The only drawbacks I could think of were, the sound was only stereo, not Dolby 5.1 Surround or whatever, and the screen is a little hard to see at the beginning when it’s just getting dark, and you can only go to the late, late show. Heh. But otherwise, in the summer, I’d prefer the drive-in to a smelly indoor theater. I don’t understand why drive-ins are dying at the rate they are. $7.00 for two recently run movies? What a steal!

Picture credit: Submitted by MnHotRods.com on Jun 22, 2006 on drive-ins.com.

2 Comments so far

  1. Erica (unregistered) on July 23rd, 2006 @ 2:33 pm

    Awesome! The drive in always seems like a good idea, but then I get too lazy to drive to the nearest one, which isn’t very near. I’m feeling inspired, though. Unfortunately, I just got a new car which is somewhat less comfortable than my old one. I’d have to think about whether or not I want to spend that much time sitting in it.

    I remember going to the drive-in back in the day with my folks. My mom used to drive this 1980-something Buick Regal, which had the big bench seat in the front, so the four of us would all squeeze in together.

  2. Missy (unregistered) on July 24th, 2006 @ 12:53 pm

    I was at the same drive-in Friday night. I have been going there since I was a kid. One thing I saw when I was there was a pregnant teenage girl manning the cash register at the concessions stand wearing a hat that said “Jesus is my homeboy”.

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