At the Drive-In

I was inspired this week by a recent article in The INDY, the Triangle’s alternative newsweekly: “The last (outdoor) picture show.”

Doesn’t it make you wonder: When was the last time you went to a drive-in movie? When was the last time your children went to a drive-in movie?

Many kids have yet to experience drive-in theater and most never will. It’s a dying breed. According to the article, of the 350 remaining theaters in this country, only five remain in North Carolina:

  1. The Raleigh Road Drive-In Theatre in Raleigh
  2. The Eden Drive-In in Eden
  3. The Badin Road Drive-In in Albemarle
  4. Sunset Drive-In in Shelby
  5. Bessemer City Kings Mountain Drive-In Theatre in Bessemer City

All are currently playing kid-friendly picks, from Godzilla to X-Men and this weekend’s anticipated (yet slightly darker) release, Maleficent, featuring Angelina Jolie as the famed “Sleeping Beauty” villain. (Check out the trailer here.)

I can remember the first and last time I went to the drive-in; the last was 10 years ago, to see a double feature at Bessemer City Kings Mountain Drive-In, and now I’m itching to go back. 

I’d encourage your family to pile into the car and go, too. Take your children to the drive-in before this small piece of American history ceases to exist. After all, what is better than munching on snacks, relaxing in the comfort of your own car, and catching a film under the stars?

It’ll be a night you won’t forget.

Andrea Fisher is a Triad-based writer, movie lover, and content specialist for Dish2u. She has appeared in a variety of publications, including The Chicago Tribune and Business Insider. Read more of her work @andreafisher007.

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