Tony A. Smith

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Brad Pitt 2007 – Maggie – Palm Springs, United States – Wikimedia Commons


“I grew up in Oklahoma and Missouri, and I just loved film.  My folks would take us to the drive-in on summer nights, and we’d sit on the hood of the car.  I just had this profound love for storytelling.”

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I can remember the days of the old drive-in theater that has pretty much gone away in America’s landscape today.  I suppose the land prices have just been too good for the theater owners to pass up.  You only see a few drive-in theaters left dotting across the country now.  I can remember when we would all pile in my uncle’s pick-up truck in northern Oklahoma for a night at the movies.  I think it cost a few dollars per carload back then on Saturday nights. We would pull out our lawn chairs and spread out behind the pick-up.  Some of us kids would lay down in the bed of the truck for even better comfort.  During the intermission, which was  a break half-way through the movie, we would run up to the concession stand to buy our cokes and a big bag of fresh buttered hot popcorn.

The best part of the night really wasn’t watching the movies together.  The best part was making family memories together and enjoying the stories we had to tell each other about what was going on in our lives.  At the end of the night we had to make sure the speakers were taken off the car since my uncle had a hard time remembering the speakers were attached to the car windows.  There was more than one time we almost ripped the speakers from their stands as we drove away from the theater for the night.  I miss those summer nights!


  1. jjspina says:

    We went to the outdoor movies as kids too. My mom packed snacks and drinks to keep us occupied and our pillows when we fell asleep. Two movies were long and we didn’t always make the second. They were fun times for all!

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  2. I miss those fun times and I wish my daughter would have got to experience something like that. Great memories!


  3. milliethom says:

    Absolutely agree about making family memories together. We don’t have outdoor movies over here, but when I was a child in the 1950’s, our family would head off to the ‘Pictures’. I have so many happy memories of watching two films per showing, with an interval between them. In that time the usherettes would come down the aisles selling iced lollies, ice creams and soft drinks. Oh how I loved the little ice crem ‘tubs’. Thank you for reminding me of all that, Tony.I’d love to sit outside to watch films, but the weather here is just not reliable enough. 🙂

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