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Sunday, November 4, 2007

Flickr Photo of the Day

posted by on November 4 at 17:24 PM

Holy moly. This photo made me instantly sad. Can’t somebody figure out a way to keep drive-in theaters alive? For just a little while longer? The drive-in is where I learned, at a very young age, how to appreciate James Bond, the Big and Little Dipper, and the fact, that hey, these kids I got thrown in the car with - these new step-siblings - they were actually pretty alright.


This photo, from Stranger Flickr pool member mraaronmorris.

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Rock on, Mr. Morris.

Posted by Bob | November 4, 2007 5:55 PM

Drive-in theaters are part of America's car culture. If we wish the demise of the pollution caused by cars, we must recognize the collateral costs. I remember lying on the folded down seats of a Ford Fiesta watching Pink Panther, Krull, and other movies. I'm willing to let that go. Today, I satisfy my longing for community movie watching by strolling to the park across the street where they have a live band and a movie during the summer. This is in Minneapolis, though.

Posted by Adam | November 4, 2007 6:54 PM

A drive-in! La, the memories.... We used to go to the Golden Spike Drive-in back in Omaha, drink lots of beer, smoke lots of dope, and absolutely GORGE ourselves on Tombstone Pizzas, available at the concession stand.

Adam, I sort of see what you are saying, but I think it's somewhat uptopian. The Golden Spike is gone, but it was replaced by a horrid strip mall, as car-oriented as the theatre was. I see no net improvement.

Posted by Catalina Vel-DuRay | November 4, 2007 7:37 PM

Aww, don't let this make you sad. It's such a beautiful cool photograph. We're so saturated with new media; it's neat to see something in a state of decay. Like an old broken radio. Kind of gorgeous, don't you think?

Posted by Irena | November 4, 2007 8:04 PM

I go to the drive-in in Oak Harbor sometimes during the summer.

Posted by Amelia | November 4, 2007 10:52 PM

Outdoor movies are better. They only really work in the summer, but that's okay. It's way more fun to be out in the open with tons of people. The Fremont outdoor movies are one good example of this.

In DC they do outdoor movies on the Mall in the summer, and I got the chance to go to one this year and that was pretty great, too. Way better than any drive in I've ever been to.

Posted by exelizabeth | November 4, 2007 11:07 PM

Like my memories of huffing mimeograph fluid, drive in theatres remain rooted in a time and place that are no longer ours.

Posted by NapoleonXIV | November 4, 2007 11:43 PM

To keep them in business, all you have to do is GO to a Drive-In theater. There are two Drive-Ins in my town with four screens between them. When a good movie is playing, there are cars backed out onto the street leading to them. Take a cooler and a six-pack (you can't do that at a regular theater)and kick back. Enjoy!

Posted by lawrence clark | November 5, 2007 12:32 AM

The Everett/Lynnwood Drive-In should still be working during the summer.

Posted by Simon | November 5, 2007 5:32 AM

Set up your 17 inch flatscreen laptop on the dash and park with popcorn in a secluded parking lot spot.

Posted by S. M. | November 5, 2007 6:59 AM

My wife used to work concessions at a drive-in in South Dakota.

This isn't nostalgia, though. It was maybe four or five years ago.

Posted by Ben | November 5, 2007 9:48 AM

Wha????? Nobody mentioned humping at the Drive-In?????????

Posted by BillyBob | November 5, 2007 10:30 AM

That looks suspiciously like the abandoned screen at Auburn Drive In.

The other two screens at that lot are still operational, though the theater is only open in the warmer months. Saw Nancy Drew and something else there this summer (a double-feature).

Though it's generally true; drive ins have lost ground to air-conditioned stadium seating and THX as well as home theaters. The Midway Drive-In, which stopped showing movies a long time ago in favor of weekend flea markets, has since been demolished.

Posted by K | November 5, 2007 10:53 AM

None of the working drive-ins in this area are located in Ballard, Fremont, or Capitol Hill. Therefore you can't expect the Stranger's staff to be aware of them. Plus, you know, it requires a car.

Posted by laterite | November 5, 2007 2:02 PM

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