We have a drive-in movie theater in Atlanta. Yes, like the one in “Grease.” There aren’t any dancing hot dogs though. It’s called the Starlight Drive-In and it is definitely in the scary part of town. We’re talking like next to the state penitentiary. However, once you drive past the fun flashing sign and are safe behind the gates, it’s amazing.
You pay $9 for two movies, and I’m not talking old movies. Stephen and I had date night Friday night and saw “Neighbors 2” and “The Boss.” We watched it right in my car. You just can’t beat that…
Having a proper date night at the drive-in is an art form, so here is how to make the most of your drive-in experience.
1. Bring ALL the snacks. We rolled in with two Publix subs, one bag of avocado oil chips, one bag of coconut oil chips and a bag of skinny pop. Usually, I also bring a bag of Skittles. We’re very serious about our snacks. They do have a snack bar available, but when you can bring in all of Publix, why wouldn’t you?
2. Bring ALL the drinks. When you bring that many snacks, you will need to quench your thirst. I recommend at least two bottles of something. Don’t worry, there is a bathroom and a break between the two movies. (Pro tip: Mountain Dew Baja Blast is in stores right now, you’re welcome!)
3. Get there early. You don’t want to be stuck behind a truck that really needed the extra lift or a guy who can’t remember to turn his headlights off. Just like a movie theater, seat choice is key. Note: you don’t have to get there as early as I made us on Friday night…
4. Park next to the projector. The projector is going to focus and center the movie on the screen from where it is located. If you park next to the projector, you’re going to have the best view.
5. Dress comfortably. You are going to be in a car for two movies and nobody will see you except the people you came with. I didn’t on Friday, but I have definitely worn my pjs before.
6. Park closer to the screen. Yes, you want to park next to the projector and you don’t want to have to look up. However, like any movie theater, there will be teenagers in the back… come to your own conclusions on that one.
7. Bring your own jumper cables. Try to make sure you have enough of a charge to make it through two movies, but remember accidents happen. There are usually charging stations, but they are super busy at the end for others who don’t have jumper cables. Bring your own and have a nice friend jump you off.
8. Drive slow. You will bottom out on the humps if you don’t, but they are there for optimal viewing so don’t get mad at them.
9. Turn your headlights off. This is my biggest pet peeve. Headlights reflect in the mirrors of the car in front of you, they make the movie on screen disappear, they are just bad all around for movie watching. Turn them off. I promise you will be able to see to drive around.
10. Get out and walk around at some point. Drive-ins are usually fun little time machines. You never know what you might find.
Do you have a drive-in in your town?