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Old Traditions

September 16, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

By Shayne Weber

Take the car and pick a spot, roll down your window and attach the speaker. This was the old way to watch a movie - the drive-in theatre way. Very few drive-in theaters still exist, only one is left in Iowa, the 61 Drive In south of Maquoketa, and nowhere close to home. Some could say it's an endangered form of entertainment. Privacy and comfort of your own car were just some benefits of a drive-in movie theatre. A person could watch two to three movies with the admission price of just one movie. There was a great selection of food, from the traditional popcorn and coca cola to chicken and hot dogs, all of which are extremely overpriced at today's indoor movie theaters. Drive-in movie theaters do have some flaws. Drive-in theaters lack the technological quality of today's indoor theaters, such as the surround sound and the picture qualified.

"I have been to a drive-in movie theater before, but when I was a teenager," says the local Principal, Mr. Laube, a well-known man of the town of Traer, "I liked the comfort of being outside and you could go talk to people you knew, see who was there and still see the movie. My most favorite thing about drive-in theaters was the double features." Double features in a drive-in movie is when the theater plays two different movies right after each other, this would only cost the same price it would if it were only one movie. "Now I would go to a indoor, sit down theater because it's been forever since I've been to a drive-in and you just can't beat the Traer two dollar theater," there is always the yearning to go see a movie outside in your car and break away from today's normal entertainment routine.



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