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October 10, 2013

About 5 miles up the road from where I grew up, there was an old drive-in that dominated our summer nights. In high school, we would herd into SUV’s after football games and go watch 5 hours worth of movies. Sometimes we would hide in back seats, under piles of covers to sneak in for free. We would bring loads of candy and popcorn, snacks that would make us sick. The lawn chairs would come out, along with the mosquitoes, and we would blast Kiss FM until the movie started.

Then we turned the station to AM and listened to the static of the movie, and fell asleep all leaning on each other in our makeshift beds. We’d wake around 2:00 am, right as the movie ended and head home. The only nights we could break curfew, making them the best nights.

Every time I drive passed that drive-in, I feel nostalgic. In New York, I don’t even see that many movies, let alone drive. So that is why this idea piqued my interest…

For a few weekends this month (ending October 20th), Todd Chandler and Jeff Stark created a pop-up, open-air theater, Empire Drive-In, in Flushing Meadows Queens. As you can imagine, there is a marquee fill with snacks, huge screens dancing in black and white, and, most importantly, 60 junkyard cars for us “car-less” New Yorkers to jump in and tune into AM radio for Charlie Chaplin.

I’m in love with this idea. Read more about it here. Photos via Adrienne Grunwald for The Wall Street Journal.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    October 10, 2013 6:07 pm

    let’s go!!!!

  2. October 10, 2013 7:09 pm

    oh that sounds great.. childhood nostalgia sweeping in.

  3. October 10, 2013 9:52 pm

    Never experienced a drive-in. I’ll check it out.

  4. Jean Campbell permalink
    October 11, 2013 8:54 pm

    Oh my! 🙂 So sorry for atreegrowsinbklyn! You have not lived until you are able to “do” the Drive in.

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