Monday, August 10, 2009

G-Force at the Drive-In

Turn down highway 87 beside City Hall, go a ways, up and down gentle hills, to the outskirts of Mountain View. Watch for the water tower because just a few feet past it is a tiny, graveled, lane full of pot holes, beside a little green sign that says you've reached Theater Lane. Turn right to follow this lane around to a 1950's era drive-in tucked into a somewhat level pasture behind the water tower.

Stone County Drive-In is one of only a few survivors of the almost dying era of movie viewing. The screen is patched and a bit tattered but once it becomes dark enough to project the movie onto it, the tatters don't matter at all.

As more and more families arrived in cars and trucks and put down tail gates and lifted hatches, set out lawn chairs or a blanket, the memories came flooding back of movies watched decades ago from the backseat of a car, or the bed of an old Ford truck. We sat in the truck in comfort; Zach sat on the ground down front with some kids from the car in front. Fireflies, buttered popcorn, and fountain drinks, making new memories remembering times past.

12 comments:

Loretta said...

So many memories brought back of 1967/68. All night long movies at "The Skyview"...those were wonderful times!

Donna said...

How wonderful! I remember going to those here in town! All of ours are now closed...what a shame!hughugs

Sally said...

Awwww!!!!

Yep, how I remember those days well, Ms. Brenda!! I bet Zach was way impressed!!

So glad ya'll made it back home safely. ((hugs))

Beautiful picture. :)

Karen said...

What a great family night.. beautiful pic too.

Jeanne said...

First that's one amazing sky my friend. Second wish I could have gone with you. I so miss drive-ins!

Andrea (Off Her Cork) said...

I love drive-ins! The best way to watch a movie for sure! :)

Cal said...

Sounds fun. What did you see?

Virginia Gal said...

Wow, the old drive through, we had one in my hometown as well, but I remember back in 1982 they bull dozed it over and now its a Crystal Car dealership. Everytime I drive by it though, I think of the good ol'e days. I miss that theatre (on Saturdays they would have a flea market in there).

PEA said...

Omigosh, drive-in theatres...that was THE way to watch a movie in the good old days:-) Many a times my dad would bring us kids and after I had my own kids, we'd bring them but then they started to close down all the drive-ins. There are none around here anymore but there is still one where Steve lives, 3 1/2 hour drive from here. Don't know if I want to fight off the mosquitos all evening though! lol xoxo

Louise said...

This sounds just about perfect. Memories in the making for sure.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Great memories flashback from Drive-ins as a kid. They are all gone in my neck of the woods :-(
xo

Butterfly Gardener said...

I wish there was a drive in nearby. Never been to one, but I'm sure it would be great.