Happy Monday, friends! I hope you are enjoying your summer and are crossing plenty of items off your Summer 2015 bucket lists! Now that my summer classes are over, I am ready to tackle several new activities. The first of many that I wanted to do was to see a movie at a drive-in theater, which I have been attempting to cross off my list for several years now.
This past Friday, Cory and I finally saw a drive-in movie! It was such a fun experience that I will jump on the next opportunity to see a movie at a drive-in movie theater in a heartbeat. Not only were we able to watch the movie in the comfort of our car, we could see two movies for only six dollars per person! (Talk about a deal!)
Being that it was our first drive-in movie adventure, there were several things I wish I would have known prior to attending. Having been informed of the following, I know my time would have been a little more enjoyable and I know they will enhance your drive-in movie experience as well!
1. Arrive Early
We were completely unaware of how early we should arrive to see the movie we wanted. When planning your trip, you will want to check what the earliest time is that you can get in. I recommend you arrive at least one hour early (maybe earlier depending on how new the movie is). We had thought that arriving at 8:30 would give us plenty of time to see the Minions showing at 9:15. However, the drive-in opened at 7, and the movie sold out about three cars in front of us (Just our luck, right?!).
Bummed as we were, there were luckily two screens, so we just saw the movie showing on the other screen. However, if you are traveling with kids who are not as easy going and are dead-set on seeing the movie planned, learn from my mistake and get there as early as you can.
2. Insect Repellent
We had not even thought about this until we were out to eat prior to heading to the drive-in! Our waitress was telling us about her experience at the theater and how she got bit up by bugs. Needless to say, we bought some insect repellent immediately after we left the restaurant! This was probably one of the best decisions of the night. Since it was decently warm out, we left the windows down, which would have caused us to be eaten alive!
3. Portable Radio
Upon arrival, we were informed that we could either listen to the movie through our car radio, or use the speakers provided, which hang on your car window. I think that if Cory’s car was able to manually turn the lights off, we would have been fine with using the car radio to listen to the movie.
Since we could not leave the lights on during the movie, we were forced to use the speaker provided. These are not the best quality and at times would increase in volume and then suddenly decrease in volume. There was a dial to adjust something, but we did not notice a difference in volume. Due to the poor quality of the speaker, it was quite difficult to hear the movie. The next time we go to the drive-in, we plan on taking a little portable radio, so we can tune to the station and be able to hear the movie.
4. Research the Drive-In Movie Food Policy
When listening to my friends talk about their experience seeing a driven-in movie, I had always heard that you were not able to bring in your own food. If they allowed you to bring in your own food, you still had to pay a fee to bring it in. While looking up reviews of the drive-in theater we visited, I noticed that we would be able to bring in our own food at no additional charge! This is awesome because we all know how ridiculously priced the food is at movie theaters.
5. Pillows and blankets (Maybe even some chairs)
Lastly, do not forget the pillows and blankets so you can get cozy in your car or in the bed of a truck. I saw others take chairs to sit outside, which could also be an option.
I hope you have a drive-in movie theater in your area and plan to visit soon! Despite a little sound mishap every so often, my experience was so fun that I will most certainly be going to another movie before the end of the summer. Keep crossing off those Summer 2015 bucket lists!