Drive-in movies thrive in a streaming world

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by JozefK, Jun 17, 2017.

  1. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident

    when I was a kid there was a drive in theater that would play "adult" movies....and the screen was visible from the road so if you craned your neck at the right time while driving by...75 percent chance of "boobies" ahh the good ole days
     
  2. Dave Garrett

    Dave Garrett Forum Resident

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    That sounds like the infamous Red Bluff Drive-In in Pasadena, Texas.

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  3. Ghostworld

    Ghostworld Forum Resident

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    Yeah when we were 14 years old we ride our bikes down to the local drive-in if they were showing a grind house movie so we could catch some boobies over the fence.
     
  4. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident



    it was in Haiti of all places, def left an impression!
     
  5. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    The Fairyland Drive-In in Kansas City used to do that. People who didn't live through them have no idea how wild the Seventies really were.
     
  6. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

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    :laugh: That was really the name of the place?
     
  7. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Yup! Fairyland was a 1923 vintage amusement park at 75th and Prospect in Kansas City. The Wikipedia page is incomplete and doesn't mention the park's huge swimming pool (shuttered since the sixties) and doesn't mention the twin screen drive-in.


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  8. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

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    Wow! That sounds like it was really amazing back in the day!
     
  9. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    They had one of the great wooden roller coasters, the Wildcat, but it didn't save the park once Worlds of Fun moved in. My brother worked there as a teen, running rides, especially the huge, multi-level Merry-Go-Round.

    Kansas City was, to some extent, the birthplace of the modern amusement park. The second Electric Park (the first being the location of Knuckleheads Saloon) was a huge inspiration for a young Walt Disney.

    It burned in 1925, and a young Walter Cronkite wrote:


    Our hill overlooked, a half dozen blocks away, Electric Park...One night after closing it burned in a spectacular fire. The Ferris wheel seemed to turn as the flames climbed up its sides. The grease caught fire on the two parallel tracks of the Greyhound Racer roller coaster, and twin blazes raced up and down with the speed of the cars that once toured the Disorderly conduct tumultuous circuit...


    — Walter Cronkite, A Reporter's Life (1996)
     
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  10. the pope ondine

    the pope ondine Forum Resident




    thanks to you I've been googling old drive-in movie theater photos all afternoon:tiphat:
     
  11. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident

    Haha! Made you look!

    It was sad that sign, which really was an amazing piece of commercial art, was never rescued.
     
  12. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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    Dixie
    Snack Bar Menu, Man Drive-In Theatre, Logan County, West Virginia, c. 1956.

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  13. socorro

    socorro Forum Resident

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    pennsylvania
    The last one I went to was near Willow Grove 20 years ago (around 15 miles north of Philly and turned into tract mansions or a strip mall soon thereafter). I'm planning on taking the kid to the Del-Sea (South Jersey) or Shankweiler's (near Allentown) this summer.
     
  14. PaulKTF

    PaulKTF Forum Resident

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    Oh man, it would be so cool to go back in time to see a movie there that year (and pay those prices for snacks!).

    Some more vintage Logan, West Virginia Drive-In pictures and memorabilia are here- lots of cool stuff!

    Drive-Ins and Theaters - Logan, WV History and Nostalgia
     
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  15. ElevatorSkyMovie

    ElevatorSkyMovie Forum Resident

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    The Wildcat is at Frontier City amusement park in Oklahoma City. We go there at least once a year. That coaster will rattle the fillings out of your teeth.
     
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  16. JozefK

    JozefK Forum Resident Thread Starter

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