One of my earliest memories is going to see a movie at a drive in theater when I was a kid. I don't remember what film it even was off the top of my head, but I remember the moment. Recently I had been thinking about it more and more, and after Crysta told me she'd never been to a drive in movie theater in her life, I decided we needed to remedy this.
The funny thing is Crysta and I spent years living in a town with a drive in movie theater and never went. The Gemini Drive In was well known to me by reputation (as it is owned by the same people who own one of the two regular theaters in Eau Claire, WI), but I never went. In Lafayette though, the nearest theater is an hour away from us in Monticello, IN.
But hell, that's close enough.
So Saturday night, Crysta and I got in the Versa, and headed north to the Lakeshore Drive-In to see Men In Black 3. We got there easily, taking country roads we'd previously explored on day trips. The heat was high in Indiana this weekend, but it was a dry heat - so we were more than comfortable.
That and the slushy Crysta got from the concession stand probably helped.
We only stayed for the first film (as we had an hour drive home), but the experience was fun and worth repeating. There's something ineffable about the drive in experience that makes it feel like much more of an event than seeing the same film in a regular theater. Something so vital, and I can't believe I had left this kind of experience behind in my childhood.
Adult me loved it.
So this is my advice to you: take advantage of the summer, find the closest drive-in (whether it be in your town or a two hour drive away) and enjoy yourself. Seriously, this is where it's at.