Last night our township organised a free drive-in movie event. I have only ever been to a drive-in cinema once. That was in Vermont in the Summer of 2001 and I saw a Jackie Chan movie. The film was actually just a sideshow to the whole experience of being at a drive-in movie theatre, one of those iconic American things to do. It was a very fun experience. We were keen to have the boys experience that so, although it was not actually a designated drive-in cinema, we all went along for the evening.
The movie was being shown in the car park of the university campus. The car park was on a slight gradient though it could not compare to the proper ramped parking at a permanent drive-in. The screen (which was inflatable) was also a quarter of the size of a usual drive-in cinema. We did not care a jot for either of these technicalities. It was all about the experience. Heck, even the movie we were going to see was one we had all seen umpteen times before (the excellent ‘Monsters University’). We had a bit of a worry about visibility of the screen. This was because some people were sitting in the boots (trunks) of their cars but that meant the boot doors were raised and limiting our ability to see the screen. Thankfully a quiet word later the boot doors were lowered and we could see again. As well as people sitting in their boots, there were also people sitting out in front of their cars in deckchairs and even people sitting on top of the roofs of their vehicles. We opened the sun roof to reduce fogging of the windscreen and the children all demonstrated signs of being tempted to clamber out of it but Mr Pict and I soon put the kibosh on any such plans.
We had a great time watching the movie. The screen was a bit murky at first until we were plunged into proper darkness and the colours become more vivid but, as we had seen the film before, that was not a problem for us. The sound quality coming through the car radio was great. The boys chewed and chomped their way through a packet of gummi bears each and were engrossed in the film. Even when it started to rain, we just closed the sun roof, switched on the windscreen wipers and kept watching.
It was a fun first experience of drive-in cinema and now we cannot wait to take the boys to a proper drive-in. Roll on Summer.