I loved going to the drive-in when I was a child. “You mean we can sit in our car, eat popcorn and watch a movie? Wait, we get to watch two movies in a row? What good deed did I do to deserve this?” Sure, drive-in films may not be shown in IMAX and you won’t be able to watch them in 3-d but they give you so much more – memories. I still laugh when I think of the family who brought a van full of puppies to the drive-in. Lucky for them, they were old enough in dog years to watch the film.
Unfortunately for my kids, they won’t get to have the drive-in experience that I did because, of all places, Los Angeles does not have one. The memories were that special to me, that I wanted my children to have the same ones. So this Summer I tried recreating the atmosphere for my kids in the backyard.
And wouldn’t you know it, they loved it. I actually got emotionally while watching them watch Star Wars. Not because I’m that big of a nerd (OK, maybe that’s a little true), but because I was watching memories being created.
Lucky for a select few, the drive-in theater still exists, but there’s a chance that they’ll soon be extinct by the end of the year.
So please do your part and help spread the word:
“America’s drive-in theaters are vanishing. Visit http://ProjectDriveIn.com to help #SaveTheDriveIn.
By the end of the year, movie studios will stop distributing 35mm film. The costly $75,000+ switch to digital projection is threatening drive-ins across the country. To help preserve this treasured American icon, Honda has started a national fund for contributions and is donating 5 digital projectors to the cause. Your votes decide where they go.