Author Archives: mrdrivein

Bringing back Long Island drive-in memories

The Babylon (NY) Beacon columnist Sandi Brewster-walker looked back with a lengthy tribute to the drive-in theaters of Long Island. In particular, the article featured the Johnny All Weather Drive-In Theatre that opened in 1957 in Copiague. It was a rare (probably “only” at the time) drive-in with an adjacent indoor theater where the same movie would…

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Video: Highway 21 keeps tradition alive in SC

A couple of weeks ago, The Beaufort (SC) Gazette ran a slice-of-life feature about a typical weekend at the Highway 21 Drive-In there. It’s a lengthy, well-written, gentle article about the day-to-day chores of keeping the place running right and a tribute to the Highway 21 making a Travel Channel list of 10 Classic drive-ins. Since…

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Harpersville AL reopens with a new name

The Harpersville (AL) Drive-In, which closed last year, reopened on October 8 this year, according to a story in the Shelby County Reporter. New owners Phillip and Stacy Padgett expanded the concession menu to add burgers and hot dogs, but the biggest change is the new name: The Twilight 280 Drive-In. One thing that hasn’t changed yet…

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Video update: Starlite still has sound problems

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the Starlite Drive-In of Christiansburg VA and its problems with its neighbors. Or maybe it’s the neighbors who are having problems with the Starlite’s back-to-basics idea of providing movie sound using outdoor loudspeakers. Now there’s a new development that’s caught the attention of WSLS, Roanoke’s News Leader, and…

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Coyote opens in Lewisville TX

In the latest of this fall’s drive-in openings, this weekend the Coyote Drive-In chain added its third location, in Lewisville TX. This one has five screens and the usual Coyote mixture of restaurant, bar, and a modern movie experience. I had hoped to add some local TV video of the grand opening or at least some…

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