As I mentioned the other day, I’ve teamed up with Steve Habrat of Anti-Film School to preach the gospel of the drive-in theater. It’s a social media campaign designed to educate folks about the drive-in. You can find more about it on Twitter via #driveinsummer. Throughout the week, I’ll be posting some articles singing the praises of the format.
Drive-in week continues. Today, I’d like to give you several great reasons why you should go to the drive-in.
Odds are good that if you’re over the age of 30, you went to a drive-in movie as a child. If you’re quite a bit over 30, then you probably went to the drive-in frequently as a child. It’s a way to reconnect with your past, and your parents’ past, and your grandparents’ past.
Introducing the Next Generation to Drive-Ins
Speaking of nostalgia, surely you want your children, your nieces and nephews, and your grandchildren to experience the same fun you did as a child. It’s a great way to keep the tradition alive, and to give the next generation a really unique experience.
Drive-in theater pricing is almost always cheaper than a traditional theater, meaning you can entertain an entire family for considerably less than you would elsewhere.
It’s a Great Shot at a Double Feature
Part of the reason that drive-in pricing is so much better is that you can get two movies for the price of one. For instance, my local drive-in (Skyview in Belleville, Illinois) actively encourages people to take in both films. The result is a full evening of entertainment.
Summer Weather is Never Better
The absolute worst part of summer is when it’s 100 degrees in the middle of the day, with the sweltering sun beating down. But at night, everything cools off and you can enjoy the relaxed nighttime temps. It’s a great time to get outside and a drive-in provides the perfect opportunity.
If you go to the movies with others, it’s awfully tempting to talk to one another, even in a whisper. Whether you’re the talker or someone sitting around a talker, it creates an awkward experience. At the drive-in, that will never be an issue because you’re secluded, enjoying the movie in your own little world, as luxurious as you’d like it to be.
The Sense of Community
When you go to the drive-in, it’s a welcome opportunity to bring along friends and other families, or see those friends and other families at the drive-in. There are usually playgrounds to keep the youngsters engaged. It’s a summer event that encourages sociability. Throw in some fun concessions items, a good movie (or even a fun bad one) and you’ve got memories for a very long time.