Experience of drive-ins

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RE: DRIVE-in Cinema

Possibly a good idea. In 1978 my wife and I enjoyed a fabulous holiday in Vancouver, Canada.

One evening a surprise visit to a drive-in movie was arranged. The locals called it affectionately “Flicks in a Field”. Once admission and interval snacks were paid for we were directed to a coded parking area which had a small ramp for the front wheels of the car, this enabled back-seat passengers to see the screen once the car was in position. Alongside each vehicle was a sound post which contained a speaker on an extendable cable which was attached to the side window inside the car.

All set and the picture started, on this occasion “Smokie and the Bandit”. There was an interval when refreshments duly arrived, burgers, soft drinks etc.

All in all an interesting experience which to this day is fresh in my memory.

So obviously quite an investment is needed to get the cinema up and running. Will it be successful? Only time will tell. Personally I think that it would generate jobs, income, entertainment and the use of an otherwise empty area standing on the outskirts of town.

Gordon Embleton

West Ayton