I am not a huge fan of going to the movies. After you pay for tickets and buy some candy and a drink, you have invested a small chunk of change into seeing a movie that has a pretty good possibility of being ruined by others adding their own soundtrack, or worse, the dreaded “constantly kicking the back of your chair” guy. I have had enough bad experiences going to the movies that I rarely go unless there is something playing that I really want to see. That being said, I have never had a bad experience at the 112 Drive In.
Drive in theaters are a dying breed of entertainment. Of the 60 or so drive ins that at one time have been operational in Arkansas, only three remain, and one happens to be in our backyard.
The 112 Drive In allows you to see new movies, at a reasonable price. It’s 11 bucks a car load which means the more people you pack into your mom’s Civic, the cheaper the movie gets. Not to mention that admission pays for two, not one, movies. With all the left over cash you have you can get a hotdog and a burger for the same price of a small bag of candy at the regular movies. Not in the mood for a hotdog? No problem, they have all kinds of options. Beef sticks, burritos and nachos to name a few. When do nachos not sound like a good idea? Never, that’s when. You could probably invite the president over for dinner and surprise him with nachos and end up getting a state renamed after you.
Really, there is only one way a person should view a movie at a traditional theater, that’s sit down and shut up. The 112 Drive In provides a unique movie going experience because it gives the viewer options as to how they would like to enjoy the movie. If peace and quiet is your thing, you can turn your car stereo on, roll up the windows and drown out most outside distractions. If not, you can set up some chairs in the bed of a truck and watch the feature with your friends, chattering a little as you do so. As long as you are being reasonable, you are not likely to disturb your neighbors. Plus, you are outside, which is a bonus on cool summer nights.
Having said all this, I must admit that it has been a long time since I’ve been to the drive in, but I have been watching the upcoming features waiting for something that perks my interest. The last movie I saw there was one of the Lord of the Rings movies, I think it was Fellowship. I had already seen it a couple times before that, but it was still fun. Todd saw Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo there as a child and not only did he see a quality film, but his resulting amateur dance moves ended in his education of what it means to be patronized.
Anyone else have any sweet memories of the drive in?
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