I would guess that many of Geekadelphia’s readers are too young to really remember drive-in movies and just how awesome of an experience it could be. Which is a real shame because once you go to the drive-in, it’s something you’ll want to do over and over again.
Just imagine sitting in your car on a warm summer evening, drinking a cold beverage or two with a big bucket of popcorn, watching a couple movies while you lay back and relax with your loved one. Doesn’t that sound like a great time?
Over the years I’ve been to the drive-in more times than I can count. I saw Star Wars, Jaws, Superman 2 and a whole host of classic films from the comfort of my parents’ car. I didn’t even know you could watch a movie indoors until I was in my teens, if you can believe that. When the Bucks County Drive-In shut down, it was a very sad day for this geek, let me tell you.
But thanks to Project Drive-In and their efforts, you can make sure that no more drive-ins have to close their metaphorical doors.
See, one of the biggest obstacles facing drive-ins today is the switch from film to digital. In order to upgrade their projectors it can cost upwards of $80 grand, which most drive-in operators just don’t have. That’s where Project Drive-In comes in. They are raising money to buy 5 digital projectors to donate to drive-ins somewhere in the country. The best part? You get to decide where they go by voting on Project Drive-In’s website. Just click on “Vote”, type in Philadelphia and you’ll see which drive-ins are in the running for a projector in our area.
The closest ones to Philly are the Mahoning Drive-In in Lehighton, the Cumberland Drive-In in Newville and the Point Drive-In in Nortumberland. Or you can just donate money to help with the purchase of the digital projectors, find out more about the project and help spread the word.
The drive-in movie is something that doesn’t need to die and shouldn’t be allowed to. It’s an important part of Americana that should be saved and allowed to flourish. Head over to Project Drive-In and do your part.
And go to the drive-in if you ever get a chance. You’ll love it.