I stumbled across this project quite by accident when I was on my local news station web site doing my daily visiting. The word drive-in caught my eye and prompted me to check it out. I grew up going to the drive-in. I think most of us in our 50′s did. It was one of the cheapest forms of entertainment around and my parents were young adults in the 50′s and it is what they did on a date. Drive-ins were the happening place! One of my earliest memories was when I was 3 and my father was carrying me into the house in my pajamas and putting me to bed after a visit to the local drive-in. I remember waking up as he walked me through the kitchen. There just was nothing better than going to the drive-in, sitting in the back seat of the car in your pajamas. We always had a huge bag of popcorn popped at home and whatever other tasty treats my mother brought along. Ensconced in the back seat with a pillow and a blanket, I happily munched away waiting for darkness to fall and the first movie to begin. There was always a double feature and the first one was the kid friendly movie with the second one the adult movie, giving the parents an affordable entertainment option for the whole family and a night out for themselves. SCORE!
Sadly, this iconic American past time is fading away. There are currently only about 368 drive-ins across America and they are in serious danger of disappearing in about 3 months time. The movie industry is switching the film that it uses to a digital format and all the existing drive-ins will have to upgrade their equipment or close. This is an expensive proposition for these local independent businesses at $80,000 for the upgrade. So this summer for about 7 more days, Honda is sponsoring Project Drive-In. They will donate 5 digital projectors to the drive-ins that get the most votes! YOU get to decide where those 5 projectors go. Now is the time for you to save your own local drive-in. You can help this project by voting once everyday, sending a message through your favorite social media site, donating some cash or pledging to visit before summer officially ends!
My local drive-in of choice is The Raleigh Road Outdoor Theater in Henderson, North Carolina. There is nothing like visiting on a warm summer or fall evening with a group of friends. Turn up the sound, bring your chairs and sit outside your car and watch a double feature and on special occasions a triple feature. At $7 a person, you cannot beat the price.
Alessa’s local drive-in is The Big Mo in Monetta, South Carolina. I love the name and it too offers double features with at triple thrown in once in a while for the low price of $8 a person!
Visit Project Drive-In to find a theater closest to you. Don’t let them become a thing of the past.