IT MAY BE THE 21ST CENTURY BUT YOU CAN STILL GO TO A DRIVE-IN MOVIE

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Drive in movies are part of a golden past era-we have discussed that concept at length in the past.

But we were only half right because many creative communities have brought the drive-in magic back to a new audience.

It just took some ingenuity, dedicated people and a large shopping mall parking lot with an understanding mall manager. Volunteers have dedicated their time and energy to bring back the past in a big way here in Red Deer Alberta Canada.

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Ray and Susan Bouchard of Thru the Windshield fame are the kingpins of the drive-in revival in our town. They have collaborated with the Parkland Mall to host a summer- long series of drive-in movie events for our community.

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The atmosphere of a drive-in movie has always had a sense of cinematic magic to it. A giant screen always added a stylish flair to the larger-than-life stars on the screen, even the B picture stars that were a big part of the drive-in experience.

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Consequently it was like a big party in a parking lot that had endless possibilities on the screen and in the cars for some movie-goers.

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The concession stand had its own appeal in an era when junk food was deep- fried, grilled to perfection and free from health watchdog alarm bells. The dancing food choices on the screen served their purpose very well.

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This summer I took in a drive-in movie on a warm August Friday night. It had all of the sights, sounds and smells of the drive-in experience. The visual angle was 245 cars in the parking lot pointed at a drive-in screen.

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The auditory angle was the familiar sound of outdoor speakers that kept movie-goers aware of the movie as they walked about in the lot.

The olfactory part of the bargain was the tantalizing aroma of food grilling at the concession stand.

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The entire sensory package was a big trip down memory lane for those of us that remember the magic and occasional mayhem of the original drive-in experience. It was definitely a warm and fuzzy moment that brought us right back to a time and place when life was a pretty simple process.

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So we salute Ray, Sue, Challenger Dave and everybody else that makes these events possible for an old and new generation of drive-in movie-goers. All credit to you people for making nostalgia happen in a big way.

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Another big upside to the drive-in: the Parkland Mall manager picks a different charity every event and this year’s list included STARS (air ambulance service), Women’s Outreach, Red Deer Food Bank and September 9th’s MS Society drive-in finale for 2011.

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It is worthwhile for those reasons alone to attend a drive-in movie in our town, but the event itself makes it even more worthwhile for anybody that wants to relive their drive-in past-or for those that want to experience one for the first time.

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The drive-in experience is alive and well in the 21st century. I would highly recommend it for everybody, including the drive-in food experience.

Jim Sutherland

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