One of the summer traditions closest to the hearts of many people who live in Canada and the USA has got to be the good old drive-in movie theatre. Nothing compares to the fun of gathering with friends and family for a great night under the stars watching movies on the big screen.
Wikkepedia describes the invention of the drive-in movie theatre:
"The drive-in theater was the creation of Camden, New Jersey, chemical company magnate Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr., whose family owned and operated the R.M. Hollingshead Corporation chemical plant in Camden. In 1932, Hollingshead conducted outdoor theater tests in his driveway at 212 Thomas Avenue in Riverton. After nailing a screen to trees in his backyard, he set a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car and put a radio behind the screen, testing different sound levels with his car windows down and up. Blocks under vehicles in the driveway enabled him to determine the size and spacing of ramps so all automobiles could have a clear view of the screen. Following these experiments, he applied August 6, 1932, for a patent of his invention, and he was given U.S. Patent 1,909,537on May 16, 1933."
Here in the Barrie area we have the famous Sunset Drive-In, which has just been renovated and freshly painted in retro colours. Last night the place was packed, with a huge line-up to get in, all of which added to the fun and excitement of the evening.
I had a carful of pre-teen girls with me as this was my daughter's birthday party, and they were eager to see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie, as well as the much-anticipated Cars 2. Both movies delivered lots of laughs and were the perfect kind of movie entertainment for the venue.
The old-fashioned playground, with it's ancient squeaky metal roundabout, see-saws, swings and a big slide, is a memory-inspiring place for kids to play between movies, as they twirl and swing underneath the stars, usually wearing their pajamas as part of the tradition.
Of course this is all even better when enjoyed with a romantic date - so go on and take the honey and the kids out for an inexpensive night out - my parents even rigged a curtain across the back seat so they could watch the second billing without us...one of my earliest memories is of lying in the back seat getting eaten by mosquitos and peeking out through the curtains at the screen where some very inappropriate spy thriller - probably amovie - was playing. I was 7 years old at the time.
The smell of buttery popcorn wafting through the air, the sleepy ride home in the wee hours of the morn, all make for summertime memories to treasure for a lifetime as we appreciate the retro Americana-esque joys of the drive-in movie theatre!