The New Drive-in Movies: Guerilla Drive-ins, MobMovs, and Backyard Cinemas
Drive out to some parking lot, some alley, somewhere kind of anonymous and secret... In the car you have packed blankets, maybe a chair, snacks and drinks. You're all set for an evening at the movies. The new and revised and mobile movies are not like the old drive-in movie theatres.
The new drive-in theatres are open air, located in backyards possibly using a home made screen. They may be mobile, appearing in new locations each time. Some of them may be located in theme appropriate locations, like showing horror movies in a cemetery or some spooky, abandoned place.
The guerilla drive-ins are typically free, though donations are gladly accepted.
The backyard cinemas tend to be small business people who also run DJ and other services. (This is how they have the equipment available in many cases).
The mobile movies seem to be where the idea started. People keep in touch on an email list, the movie is picked and the location is given out - like a secret society.
How to Start your Own Guerilla Drive In Movie Theatre
What Should you Bring if you Go?
Check with the drive-in people and see if you need to bring anything, but most likely you should pack some essentials:
- Chairs for sitting outdoors.
- Food, snacks and drinks.
- Blankets or a warm jacket.
- A portable radio to hear the audio.
- Your vehicle, or a seat in a vehicle.
MobMov, Backyard Cinemas, Guerilla Drive-ins: Outdoor movie theaters.
Backyard Cinema SetUp from The Bellefontaine DJ
Backyard Home Theaters - DadLabs Video
Building a backyard movie screen
Drive-in Movie Memories
The age of the drive-in movie is passing us by. They plod along like dinosaurs walking into deep, dark pit. I remember going to the drive-in with my family. We had a station wagon and later a huge van with a long seat for each of the four kids. We brought blankets and snuck in our own snacks but still bought more because that was just what you did when you were at the drive-in.
By the end of the first movie we were sleeping. Sometimes I'd get to see part of the second feature. What I remember most about the drive-in theatre was leaving. It was dark, I was sleepy and I liked the feeling of the car going over the hills and valleys of the parking lot as we wound our way out of all the traffic.
Others may think of the drive-in speakers. The times they didn't work. The time you almost (or did) drive away with one. The new drive-ins have you tune in to a radio station now. No need to keep a window down for the speaker and the mosquitoes to get in.
Drive-in Movie History
Abandoned, Lost and Forgotten Drive-in Theatres
- A Photo Essay On America's Forgotten Drive-In Theaters | Co.Design: business + innovation + design
- Urban Exploration Resource: Forgotten Drive In - Western NY
- Ohio's Forgotten Drive-In Theaters
- 8 Aesthetically Awesome Abandoned Theaters: Dusty Drive-Ins to Classic Cinemas | WebUrbanist
- Flickr: Drive-in Theaters