AT THE STARDUST TONIGHT:
We're going on a road trip!!
The first movie I remember seeing at a drive-in theater was The Beatles' "A Hard Day's Night." My mom was considerably more impressed than my dad.
The next drive-in movie I remember seeing was "100 Rifles" with Jim Brown and Raquel Welch. My dad was considerably more impressed than my mom.
The Stardust Drive-In has two screens and runs a double-feature on each of them during the weekends. I can't tell you what two movies we'll be seeing, because the theater doesn't know what movies they'll be showing yet. The drive-in's distributors don't disclose which films they will be sending the drive-ins until the Monday of the screening week. I can tell you that the Stardust Drive-In shows pretty much exclusively first-run movies. Not that the specific movies we'll be watching will matter all that much, but I will post the choices we'll have on the Monday before the meetup.
The Stardust Drive-In uses modern digital projectors and the sound is transmitted to the FM band of your car radio.
A few notes:
If it's raining, we will re-schedule.
No alcoholic beverages are allowed in the theater.
Don't bring food with you. Check out the concession stand on the website below. The menu looks pretty good.
Ticketing is per person (not per car). Tickets are $7.50 for adults (Ages 12 and up) and $5.00 for children (Ages 6 to 11). Everybody else gets in free!
It's a good idea to show up at the theater at least an hour before the screening time to get a good spot and avoid the line at the concession stand. We will also want to park together as a group, and the earlier we get there, the easier this will be. When you get there, look for my little white Nissan Versa.
Speaking of the screening time, we don't really know what that is yet, as it varies with the time the sun goes down and how cloudy the sky is. As the meetup date approaches, I will post a suggested arrival time.
You can bring a folding chair with you so you can sit outside your car.
"The very idea of the drive-in is surreal: row after row of cars in an empty field aimed toward the tallest structure in sight, a giant movie screen rising incongruously from its rural surroundings. No wonder some lots are used as churches: it produces a kind of amazement, as if you’d stumbled upon some sort of shrine. On summer nights, the woods that circle the Stardust chime with cicadas and frogs, and little outside light reaches the lot. It’s essentially an outdoor room, with a sky full of stars as the ceiling."
Read the rest of the Nashville Scene's 2006 article about The Stardust Drive-In here:http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/stardust-memories/Content?oid=1193146
Here's the link to the theater's website:http://www.stardustdrivein.com/index.htm