Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Who remembers the drive-in?

There is a drive-in theater at Bass Lake, Indiana which has been open since 1959.  The Melody Drive In is still family owned and a great way to spend an evening.  The prices are $7 for adults, kids 5-11 are $3 and under 5 are free.  This price is for TWO movies!   We enjoyed spending an evening watching movies while we were in the area in August.

The concession stand/washrooms/projection building has not changed in 50 years.  It is still an all grass parking area and many people sit out in their lawn chairs to enjoy the movies.  The only difference between when we were kids and now is that they have added a second screen and  you can tune in your car radio if you don't want to use the speakers. 
Setting up an area to watch screen 2 from the back of a truck

We watched 'Friends with Benefits' and 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'.  They were actually playing on two different screens (Friends was billed with 'Change-Up' and the Apes was with 'Mr Popper's Penguins').  There is no fence between the different parking areas as there is only one concession/washroom building.  We watched the first movie on screen 2 and then turned the car around and watched the next on screen one!  It is a great way to spend an evening and not very expensive...especially if you bring your own snacks and drinks.  They are open every night in the summer and on weekends during the spring and fall.   There is also a Sunday morning drive-in church service.  If you don't feel like getting dressed for church you never have to leave the car!

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