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Old 07-25-09, 04:58 PM   #1
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Drive-in Theaters

We are thinking about going to our local drive-in theater. I haven't been to one in over 20 years. We want to see the new Harry Potter movie, but I'm worried that the drive-in experience isn't what I remember it as. I'm hoping the sound is better than it used to be. The last time I went they still used those speakers that you hung off your window. Should we see this movie at a regular theater, or risk going to a drive-in? The cost is $11 per person and we get to see 2 shows (Harry Potter and The Hangover ... never heard of that one).
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i'm surprised they still have a drive in where you are. is SW Ontario that sleepy?
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Go for it. Most drive in's these days have FM broadcast band transmitters for the audio, so you can listen to the audio through your car's stereo. I prefer the drive in to a regular theater.
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i'm surprised they still have a drive in where you are. is SW Ontario that sleepy?
We're a relaxed bunch. What can I say.
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I believe most drive-in's have you use your radio much like ipods use a transmitter tuned to an 'empty' spot on the dial. Our closed ~25 years ago.
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I believe most drive-in's have you use your radio much like ipods use a transmitter tuned to an 'empty' spot on the dial. Our closed ~25 years ago.
The one I used to go to as a teenager closed a long time ago as well. When I moved to Ontario I was surprised to see they still have one running. Not sure how many people still go out here or what to expect for lineups.

Here's a link to our drivein: http://www.mustangdriveinguelph.ca/
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I remember going to them as a kid. It was fun. Most of them are gone now, but I think there's one in the area somewhere.

It's $11 per person? I always thought they charged by the car.
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I remember going to them as a kid. It was fun. Most of them are gone now, but I think there's one in the area somewhere.

It's $11 per person? I always thought they charged by the car.
According to their website, they charge by the carfull on Thursdays only.
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Ah. Bummer.

That just means you have to borrow a car with a trunk big enough for a few friends.
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Ah. Bummer.

That just means you have to borrow a car with a trunk big enough for a few friends.
I've done that before.

They also prohibit outside food. How would they ever know?
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Here's a link to our drivein: http://www.mustangdriveinguelph.ca/
On that ^^^ page:
"Tune into 104.9fm for sound"
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On that ^^^ page:
"Tune into 104.9fm for sound"
Thanks. Hopefully the radio will sound OK. I have a feeling that going to a regular indoor theater might be better for a movie like Harry Potter where you want to experience a high quality picture and sound. For most other movies I would have no problem going to a drive-in. It's just something I feel like doing tonight. We have to make up our minds soon before the movie starts.
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All movie theatres prohibit outside food, doesn't ever stop me bringing it in, yo.

I expect a drive-in is a great place to make out like teenagers, eh?
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All movie theatres prohibit outside food, doesn't ever stop me bringing it in, yo.

I expect a drive-in is a great place to make out like teenagers, eh?
Come to think of it, I can't remember the details of any movie I saw at a drivein
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We are thinking about going to our local drive-in theater. I haven't been to one in over 20 years. We want to see the new Harry Potter movie, but I'm worried that the drive-in experience isn't what I remember it as. I'm hoping the sound is better than it used to be. The last time I went they still used those speakers that you hung off your window. Should we see this movie at a regular theater, or risk going to a drive-in? The cost is $11 per person and we get to see 2 shows (Harry Potter and The Hangover ... never heard of that one).
you are very lucky to still have a drive-in theater....i haven't looked lately, but i don't think we have one in the raleigh area (i need to go look to make sure though). luv drive-in theaters!
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Theres a drive-in I go to every once in awhile in SD. It's really fun at night especially since my truck has a system so I usually bring a blanket and sit in the bed

BTW the hangover is a really funny movie if you like partying
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Here's the info page about our local drive-in. Second oldest continuously running drive-in in the country. They have FM transmitters.
http://www.lynndrivein.com/info.html
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I miss out drive in. They closed the last one in Winnipeg 2 years ago. Apparently they said they needed full house every day in July & August just to break even (seemed high to me).
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Nice to see there are still active drive-ins.

But . . . "Harry Potter" and "The Hangover"? That's a kid's/young teen's movie about magic & sorcery paired with a raunchy "R" rated movie about a Las Vegas bachelor party gone wrong. Might want to rethink that if you're taking kids.
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We have a happenin' drive-in, but it's tough in the summer since it's still daylight after 10pm. Only just about now getting dark enough for the movie to start after 9, a bit bright still if it's a dark or low-contrast flick.
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In non-sleepy SoCal, very near where I live, there is a drive-in theater!

http://www.vinelanddriveintheater.com/

I've only been there once though, and I must say I much rather prefer an actual theater or watching at home with DVDs.

I'd recommend watching Harry Potter in an actual theater.
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you are very lucky to still have a drive-in theater....i haven't looked lately, but i don't think we have one in the raleigh area (i need to go look to make sure though). luv drive-in theaters!
We didn't get to go last night so we're thinking about maybe going tonight. I've got some great memories going to drive-ins. Hopefully I still enjoy them. I might be getting too used to great sound and picture. I'm not sure.

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Nice to see there are still active drive-ins.

But . . . "Harry Potter" and "The Hangover"? That's a kid's/young teen's movie about magic & sorcery paired with a raunchy "R" rated movie about a Las Vegas bachelor party gone wrong. Might want to rethink that if you're taking kids.
No kids. We just have to make sure our 2 jack russells are quiet during the movie

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We have a happenin' drive-in, but it's tough in the summer since it's still daylight after 10pm. Only just about now getting dark enough for the movie to start after 9, a bit bright still if it's a dark or low-contrast flick.
Yeah, a 9:15 start seemed a bit early. I would have thought a 10pm start would have been better.

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In non-sleepy SoCal, very near where I live, there is a drive-in theater!

http://www.vinelanddriveintheater.com/

I've only been there once though, and I must say I much rather prefer an actual theater or watching at home with DVDs.

I'd recommend watching Harry Potter in an actual theater.
You're missing the appeal of the drive-in theater. You're not actually supposed to watch the movie
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I don't know if HW's drive in is the same as the one just a couple of miles from me, but we do still have a drive in around here.

http://www.valleydriveins.com/
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We have a happenin' drive-in, but it's tough in the summer since it's still daylight after 10pm. Only just about now getting dark enough for the movie to start after 9, a bit bright still if it's a dark or low-contrast flick.
Was just going to mention the Skyline on the way to Shelton....used to be an XXX drive in when I was in high school, now it is family friendly.
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