Family Drive-In Theatre: User Reviews
When I was a child, I thought the only way to see a movie was at a drive-in. My two sisters, my brother and I would go to see movies in our 1962 Chevrolet. My mom popped a pillow case full of popcorn and we had pitchers of kool aid in case we got thirsty.
All of us were dressed in our pajamas so we could go straight from the car to bed when we got home. Back then, children under 12 years old were free and my mother often opted to stay home rather than squeeze in with four kids to watch a movie.
My wife and I took our son to the theater frequently until he hit 10 months or so. Until then, he would go to sleep in the theater and it was no problem to go to the movies. Once he started to become more mobile, he wanted to get down and move around. If he couldn't get down to crawl or walk, he would scream.
We spent a miserable couple of hours taking turns taking our son out of the theater until he calmed down. That was our last visit to the theater. Remembering my childhood, I looked for drive-ins near DC. I found two, Bengies in Baltimore and the Family Drive-in in Stephens, VA.
Bengies has the larger screen and a bigger concession stand. The Family Drive-in has two screens and they show two movies per night.
The Family Drive-in is friendlier than Bengies. They have fewer rules and restrictions and the mood is more relaxed. The Family Drive-in is closer to DC and Northern, Virginia than Bengies.
The Family Drive-in has a great playground for kids and they schedule special events for holidays. The drive from Northern Virginia is just about an hour.
Drive-ins remain a very practical way for families to see movies. Both Bengies and the Family Drive-in show very current movies. The price is excellent. The cost per ticket is $7.50 but they offer a discount price of only $6.00 when you buy more than five tickets in advance over the Internet.
Many patrons get out of their cards and sit outside to watch the movie. Sound is piped through your FM stereo so you don't need to use the speakers from the pole.
The snack stand prices are much less than most movie theaters and they offer food as well as drinks and pop corn. I have many fond memories of watching movies at drive-ins and I am glad my son will experience the same.Report This Review
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