Well, here we go with my second post from the iPhone. I'm at the Mission Tikki Drive-In in San Dimas, California (home of Bill &Ted!), on a balmy Friday night, and everything's perfect except my Internet connection.
My good friends Rich and Jim, God bless them, are scrambling to fix my netbook/air card before the opening frames of tonight's feature presentation, the summer's most anticipated film...Cats & Dogs: the Revenge of Kitty Galore. Woohoo!
Alright, so maybe it's not the most anxiously awaited film to come down the pike this season, or even this week. But that's why it's the perfect movie to see at the drive-in. I can talk about drive-ins instead and why they should make a comeback.
Especially in the summer, there is nothing like packing a bunch of your friends into cars and sitting out under the stars, sneaking in food and drinks, picking up some more cheap eats from the Tikki comissary, catching up between films at the double feature, and watching out of the corner of your eye what's playing at the drive-in screen next door. It's basically a big, fun street party with movies and cars.
It also reminds me a lot of my childhood. Some of my earliest movie memories are watching E.T. and Star Wars at drive- ins in Denver and Oahu, back when they had those little crappy microphones for sound instead of today's technology, where moviegoers just tune into a radio frequency. Either way, there's something magical about seeing a movie in this environment with friends and family. Even if you have to scour near and far to find one, I highly recommend moviegoers treat themselves to this quintessential summer experience.
On the movie...well, it wasn't quite for me, but that didn't stop all the kids around me from losing their minds over all the CGI cats and dogs taking on that nefarious Ms. Galore and her plan for world domination. Plus, the second screening was for Inception...which might not have been the most prudent combination of movies, but it was a great way to see 2010's best 'big' movie again. Here's to the drive-in...and Christopher Nolan.
Alright, folks, now your turn - I'd love to find out some of your favorite memories of the drive-in. I know they're slowly becoming harder and harder to find, but I know I'm not the only one who has some beloved recollections of this awesome movie pastime...on Day 85, it was good to experience it once more...