When was the last time you went to a drive in movie?
I don’t know about you but as a kid I loved the drive in. Unfortunately, by the time I was old enough to go to the movies, drive ins were already a dying breed. Before they tore down the drive in theater in my hometown I saw The Blues Brothers, Star Trek II (a.k.a. the best Star Trek movie) and E.T there, but the movie I remember most was the last one I ever saw in a drive in, 1985’s god awful (and inaccurately named) Perfect starring John Travolta and Jamie Lee Curtis. My family and I saw it just before the theater was shut down for good, when it had fallen into disrepair and they stopped enforcing the no alcohol policy. We arrived early with a van full of people and beer and even that didn’t help the movie. Unfortunately, by the time the credits mercifully rolled none of the adults could drive and I was only 11 so we saw Perfect twice that night. It was a terrible way to say goodbye to the drive in. In the years since the Perfect disaster I’ve wanted to have a better drive in experience, with a good movie or at least one that isn’t awful. Of course, drive in’s are hard to come by in LA.
If you would like to experience the fun of the drive in right here in LA I’ve got good news. Hollywood Mobile Movie has teamed up with The Steve Allen Theater to present classic drive in features for only 5 bucks every Friday night through Halloween. You just show up. park your car, tune in your radio and watch the movie. No hassle and no need to give my parents field sobriety tests. The gates open at 8:30 on Friday nights with all screenings starting in the parking lot at 9 with (in case of overflow it will also be shown in the theater).
This Friday’s feature will be The Demon Seed from 1977 starring the always fantastic Julie Christie. A full list of screenings can be found at the Mobile Movie site along with everything you’ll need to know to enjoy the movies.
The Steve Allen Theater is located at 4773 Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood (two blocks west of Vermont).