There are Chevy's from the 20s/30s, Chrysler, Nash Ramblers- which aren't around anymore- Fords, and Rumble Seats. There is a big radio tower, a broadcasting station, speakers or heaters for the cars, and bathrooms are right over there! Does anyone remember going to the theaters? “Yes!” People call it the “make-out theater”.
Everyone is gathered at the outdoor theater waiting for it to start. It's hot and sticky out because its summer time and the screen says, “Spring Fever”, which is the name of the movie. There are always big crowds, “load the trunks up with the kids and drive in!” At the entrance they require to open all the trunks before the group is allowed in because it is price per person and people sometimes try to sneak in by hiding in the trunks. Mom, Pop, and all the kids get popcorn and peanuts at the concession stand. Sometimes the moms had the kids at theater and the dads would go to the bars. Dozens of kids are in their pajamas. It smells of popcorn.
Groups of guys and girls go together and bring the beer in to save money. “It must be a good movie because everyone is staying in their cars, that's where the beer is!” Sometimes people take seats out of cars and set it out in front of the car; some just sit on the hood.
This specific drive in took place before the war. There are campers in the background – a village – at the fairgrounds in lacrosse. Daylight savings put an end to most outdoor theaters because it stays light longer. By the time the movie is done all the kids have fallen asleep in the back; the moms and dads are ready to take them home.
This story was created on 5/16/17 by:
Alvina, Dale, Elvera, Gail, Janet, Joan, Judy, Lois, Mel, Mildred, & Vi
At Mulder Health Care Facility