Sunday, July 27, 2008

Going to the movies...retro style!

The last time I went to a drive-in movie was in 1979. We watched one of the Star Wars movies. Yep...quite a while ago.

They were going out of style then. But I think, on some level, they are coming back.

I saw the Ennis theater (Galaxy Drive In) on a late night trip back from Houston one night. All four screens were showing...a very cool scene from the window of a bus driving down the freeway. So, when my friend asked if I wanted to go, I couldn't wait!


We went early so we could get a good spot. The movie doesn't start until 9:00, but they play 50s music from the movie speakers and have a little putt-putt golf course to keep early patrons entertained.

Everything is pretty cheap, too! They keep their movie prices cheap by making money on their concessions...you can't take food or drinks in. However, even their in-house prices are cheap...$3 for a game of mini-golf, $6 for a movie (you can't beat that!), and very reasonable food prices on sno-cones, Dippin' Dots, hamburgers, funnel cakes, and so much more!

But don't make a trip out there without having cash on hand...they only take cash.

It took about 30 minutes from my South Dallas home...not much further than driving across the city to a mall or a restaurant. Despite the retro feel of the place, the movies were all current run movies.

It was a little warm at first, but after the movie got going, the evening breeze actually made it very comfortable.

I can't wait to go back! If you want to do something different or like new (old) experiences, take a short trip south of Dallas and enjoy a fun, retro evening with friends.
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