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July 23, 2013

Drive-in movies were very popular

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The movies shown were usually first run movies and would run for a week then change, much like the building movie houses. Some drive-ins in later years close to the time they died out would have an evening when pornography was the main attraction, especially during the week. Weekends were usually family oriented films and usually crowded. As my family grew, we decided to pop some popcorn at home, put it in a big grocery bag and take it with us to the movies. This, of course, made things a tad less expensive for us, which we liked. We could and did at times take our own soft drinks and other snacks to help make the evening as cheap as we possibly could.

As my family got older they felt that taking popcorn and drinks from home was not all that great; besides, they could be seen and see if they went to the concession stand. Also, the movie owners came up with more exotic fare being sold at the concession stand. Some drive-ins thought seriously of selling beer as well as food and soft drinks at their concession stand. Of course, hot dogs and other hot foods were available and also were something that would be difficult to bring from home and still keep it hot. If the concession people felt they might make a buck from something they sold it. Cigarettes were available as well as cigars and other tobacco products.

I remember one time going to the Connersville drive-in out on 44 before getting in town. We went with a friend and had a pickup full. There were three inside and four outside in the back of the truck. We had folding chairs, snacks and friends so were well prepared for an evening of fun and movies. A funny thing occurred on the way, too; seems we all saw five lights in the sky flying in formation and stopping, hovering, speeding away. Yes, we thought they were UFO’s and never found out if they were or were not. It certainly didn’t matter to us. They were unusual, not explained and we were right in the middle of the UFO era.

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