Friday, April 05, 2013

The Vegas 6 Drive-In Theater

I could write copious amounts on this particular drive-in because...this is one of several drive-in theaters I frequented whilst growing up in the city that never sleeps--and never stops topless dancing and fornicating and gambling away little Jimmie's heart medication and rent money. In fact, this is one of two drive-ins left standing in Nevada, which I knew in my early days as the Las Vegas 4 Drive-in Theater, or simply The Vegas 4, my home away from home (that is if I didn't live 900 miles away).

There's a nice write up on this drive-in RIGHT HERE that I direct you to, not authored or photographed by me.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Skyway Twin Drive-In To Start New Season

From their website:
"IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! Skyway Twin Drive-In is in jeopardy of being forced out of business due to the industry's switch to digital projection. The requirement for ALL movie theatres to convert to digital is coming sooner than we expected. 2012 quite possibly could be the last year that 35mm film is being made. At a cost of $70,000+ per screen to switch to digital, Skyway may not be able to make the transition without your strong support. We need your help! Please support us by coming often, tell friends about us, and more importantly when you do come, BUY FROM US. Concession sales are crucial because renting the first-run movies that we offer you consumes the vast majority of each ticket sale that you buy from us. This is why we make great food and guarantee your satisfaction. Skyway has been open since 1949. Help us survive another few decades for you and your kids! So, please no outside food or beverages."
To help the good folks at the Skyway Twin stay in business, click HERE to browse their menu, which includes their delicious Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich!!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Skyline Drive-in Opens March 29th

Out With the Old; In With the New

Friday, March 15, 2013

No More In-Car Radios?

Does this mean we'll go back to drive-in speakers on poles?

Monday, March 11, 2013

Songs that Mention Drive-ins

1. Chicago's "Old Days"
2. Grease Soundtrack "Alone at a Drive-in Movie"
3. Bryan Adams "Summer of 69"
4. Lonestar's "Everything's Changed"
5. Chris Ledoux "Last Drive-In"
6. Bob Segar "Night Moves"
7. The Four Lads "Moments to Remember"

Friday, March 08, 2013

It's Intermission Time!

This is an intermission clock that I culled together from my collection of intermission snipes. It's very much like the intermission cartoons I remember watching as a kid while waiting for the second feature, you know, the boring adult movie I usually fell asleep ten minutes into.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Drive-In Tweets: Coming Events

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Friday, March 01, 2013

Drive-In Ads: Westworld

Digital Projection and Drive-In Theaters

Throughout the summer of 1982 I spent a summer working at the now defunct Cascade Drive-In Theater in Yakima, WA. Among my many duties of monitoring the field, pulling weeds and helping behind the concession stand, I had the enjoyable time lugging upstairs heavy canisters of film. Oh, how they dug deep into the palms of my small hands.

Projectionist Walter Becker gets a 35mm projector ready at the Cascade Drive-In Theater. | John Konstantaras~For Sun-Times Media
Nowadays, with the advent of digital projection, those heavy spools of film are on their way out, on the heels of cassette tapes, VHS movies and compact discs. However, this isn't welcomed news for most drive-in theaters, as explained in this article excerpt by David Gatham of the Chicago Sun-Times Media...

In recent decades, movies have been delivered to theaters in cans of film. Projectionists then had to lay these out on a “platter” some 6 feet wide and splice each reel together so the film could be fed into a projector.
Each can of film weighed about 9 pounds and contained about 20 minutes of movie. The film for a movie such as “Titanic” weighed about 100 pounds, required physically splicing together five miles of film, and cost its studio more than $1,000 each to copy.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Special Events: Your Continued Patronage is Appreciated

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Drive-in Theater Looks to Put Down Roots

From, a story of a drive-in theater struggling to come to life:

Many in the QCA have been waiting years for another Drive-In movie theater. In 2008, plans were made for a drive in theater to open up in Davenport but that never happened. Now, those owners are working to bring the big screen to Blue Grass, IA.

Owners want to put in the West end of Blue Grass, just past the fire department on Mayne Street. Randy Lorenz and his wife have 9 acres of land that they're hoping to bring the big screen too. Currently, the land is empty but by spring the owners of this property say it's not going to look like that at all.  That's if anything goes as planned.

Drive-in Movie Theaters Popular Again

Drive-In Tweets: Your Patronage is Appreciated

Saturday, February 23, 2013

A Pee Chee Folder, a Shoe Box of Baseball Cards, and a Fan Trailer

Let me set the stage: it's late 1998 and I'm in a theater lobby waiting with my then two youngest daughters to see The Rugrats Movie, and when I look up I see hanging on the wall a rather large poster. There are no words on this advertisement, only a young boy standing amid sand dunes dressed like Luke Skywalker.  It takes me a few moments but I soon notice the boy's shadow, how it stretches out into the shape of Darth Vader. This wasn't my first clue that this film was on its way. Still, I nearly pee my pants with glee. But I am waiting for the movie trailer...

On the advent of that film's teaser trailer a CNN article (11/20/98) put it this way:

"Star Wars" junkies eager to catch a glimpse of the first prequel, your wait is over: 75 theaters in North America got to show a sneak preview [italics mine] of the trailer for "Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace" among the trailers shown before other full-length feature movies.
The preview will appear nationwide on Friday. But loyal fans who paid close attention to the official Star Wars Web site learned there would be a sneak preview Tuesday in some theaters across the country.
Some people are apparently paying the full price of a movie ticket just to see the two-minute preview. Variety reported that nearly two-thirds of the 500 people in an afternoon showing of "The Siege" in Los Angeles walked out after seeing the trailer. Movie theaters across the country reported other fans doing the same thing.
Asked to comment, one fan who saw the trailer in Washington said "Unbelievable. I consider myself a harsh critic, but after the trailer I was applauding."

Monday, February 04, 2013

Drive-In Culture Documentary

Here's a small clip from an hour long documentary on drive-ins I privately produced, wrote and edited in 2009. It's still in the rough-cut stage and when I have the time to really give it a good going over I will finish it. But here is a segment from that documentary that I want to share. This pretty much captures my mind-set and style throughout the work.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Retro Cars of the Atomic-Space Age: The--What, Mobile!?

When the climes begin to succumb to the arrival of spring, as the new drive-in theater season ramps up across the nation, consider loading up your snacks and kids into the following vehicles for your evening jaunt to the big screen.

The Ford Futura

If this looks like the Batmobile from the 1960s TV're not mistaken. But it's not the Batmobile. This 1950s sci-fi looking beast is a futuristic concept car from Lincoln, a division of the Ford Motor Company and, as you can quite and plainly see, was not mass produced. What this car did was drum up a good deal of attention for Lincoln and Ford, and was featured prominently in 1959's It Started with a Kiss starring Glenn Ford and Debbie Reynolds.