|Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS, Tamron 28-80 lens @ 28mm, ISO 100, 3 Exposure HDR @ f/11|
Right now the old screen is only used like a billboard for some one's expressed love for Kimberly, whomever she may be.
The remains of a cement slab in the foreground can only be where the building stood that housed the projection equipment. The slab sits directly in front of the screen and was actually smaller than most of those main buildings that I have seen before at drive-ins that usually have concessions and rest rooms in them as well.
This scene really strikes at my heart strings. My dad was not fond of watching movies in an indoor theater. It seemed like whenever we went to see a movie, it was at the drive-in. Dad liked to be able to sit comfortably in his car, smoke his cigarettes if he wanted, drink coffee from a thermos, and eat whatever we packed from the house and brought with us. Despite our moaning and groaning from the back seat, where we struggled to find a clear view of the screen, this was his favorite place to watch a movie other than his recliner at home.
Since we moved over to East Tennessee, we have found a nice little drive-in in Etowah, TN that on Sunday nights offers $10 a car load. We park on the front row and Jocy enjoys the playground equipment while we throw a football and wait for the sun to down and the movie to stop. It is much different than when we were kids. We listen to the movie over the radio instead of those crackly old speaker boxes. We carry lawn chairs and a cooler full of snacks and drinks. It is really a fun time other than having to get up and go to work the next day.
I often wonder what this old drive-in was like and when it stopped operating. It and the one we go to in Etowah will always remind me of Dad and us going to the drive-in when I was a kid.