Sunday, 7 July 2013

The Drive-In

When was the last time you were at a drive-in? Last night, I went to the drive-in to see the movie: The Heat, with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. It was playing at the drive-in in Stoney Creek which is at the other end of the city from me. The movie is hilarious. Both actresses were wonderful and it was a fun movie.

I don't know about you, but I had never been to a drive-in before. I don't know why. I had a boyfriend all through high school and we used to drive around with his friends and their cars, but we never went to a drive-in. So, I was so excited to be given the opportunity to go to a drive-in now. I couldn't even begin to imagine what it would be like.

It's a Saturday night and the drive-in was packed. It must have taken us 15 minutes just to get near enough to the booth to pay ($11.00 a person). There were three large screens at the drive-in and we were at number 1 and had to drive around a bit to find a good parking space. The place was packed, but we were able to find an excellent parking space in the second row of cars right in the centre of the screen.

Remember that at drive-ins there was a clumsy, metal speaker box you would settle on the window of your car to hear the dialogue? Well now you just adjust your radio station to the appropriate number and you hear the dialogue perfectly. Some people brought chairs and sat outside their vehicle and listened and watched the movie. You could hear everything perfectly from outside the car.

The drive-in was an amazing site. It was night and so dark outside. The outdoor theatre is surrounded by trees. There were rows upon rows of every type of vehicle sitting quietly watching a movie. The air was silent and so was the whole area. All you could hear is the dialogue of the movie. Otherwise, there was perfect silence. So many people and so little sound. Everyone was ensconced in their own little worlds enjoying a movie together. It was a lovely experience.

So, maybe, if the opportunity arrives, go to the drive-in. It's a unique experience to be enjoyed as an opportunity to do something different for a change.

have fun,