Monday, March 14, 2011

It's Intermission Time, Folks!

Some of you may recognize the images below from your youth…


I LOVED piling into the back of my family's station wagon on a Saturday night to head to the local drive-in theater. We went to see movies like Old Yeller (bring on the hankies), The Parent Trap, 101 Dalmations, The Blob, The Crawling Hand (I had nightmares for years), Mary Poppins and Psycho

We'd get there nice and early to get a good spot. While my parents visited with friends who had also brought their families, all of us kids would go and play on the playground located under the BIG screen. They would come over the speakers and let us know when it was time to get back to our cars when the movie was about to begin. There were always two movies and cartoons and the much anticipated INTERMISSION! We'd head back to the playground, while daddy went to the concession stand to get hot dogs, cokes, popcorn and candy. My gosh, it was such fun. We always wore our pajamas, because by the time we reached home, we were fast asleep and my parents would carry us in straight to bed.

Did you go to the drive-in when you were young? The last movie I can remember seeing in a theater like this was Star Wars and that was in the late 70s if I remember correctly.

Anyway, enough walking down memory lane, my purpose today is to tell you that I'm taking a short intermission, but I won't be going to the playground. I will, however, probably be wearing my pajamas.

I am discombobulated, going crazy, unorganized and just darn tired. This Saturday is Jane's Art at Home show and I am frantically trying to get more driftshell pieces ready for that and for my upcoming Etsy store opening.

I finally decided that I need to take a quick break from blogging this week, so I can pull it all together. BUT, if you know me at all, you just know I had to do a quick google search to find something interesting to share…


"With an investment of $30,000, Richard opened the first drive-in on Tuesday June 6, 1933 at a location on Crescent Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey. The price of admission was 25 cents for the car and 25 cents per person." –History of the Drive-in Theater



With that said…


I'll be back next week,

In the meantime…














Note: if you're going to be in the Tampa Bay area on Saturday and would like directions to Jane's, just shoot me an email from the link in my sidebar. Hope to see you there!

29 Thoughtful Comments:

gpc said...

On top of all the work, be sure to get some rest! See you when you return!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I wish I could be in Tampa! You take your break, get organized and have a little fun. We will see you next week!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Yes! I remember drives in as we lived not to far from a few that were still around in the 70's and early 80's. I even worked briefly in the canteen at one, during high school. It was fun to have them around but then they all fazed out. I understand completely about taking a break and hope it is very productive for you! Best of luck with the show too!

michelle said...

I so miss drive in theaters!! The first one we saw was Star Wars and I think the last one was like Stroker Ace or something with Burt Reynolds. :) We would go in our jammies to and go from car to car with friends, it was such a great time.

Good luck with putting all you things together, I wish I could go to Tampa! See you soon!

Loui♥ said...

Oh Shelle..
you must be tuckered out..
after all the fluffing of Florida for my arrival..
sorry I won't be in the Tampa area..
if I could, you KNOW I would be there!!
so I'll send you a big hug for luck!!
You'll wow them with your DriftShells..
and Jane will do the same with her beautiful paintings!!
here's to you my friend!!
warmest sandy hugs..
Loui♥

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Rhonda
Well I think I went to the drive-in more as a teenager.. and it was only a few short years after that that most of them closed down.. I wonder if there is still any around... I liked the fact that you had your own space to get comfy and relax and nobody's big head in front of you.. haha

Have a fun time.. I know a busy time.. but have some fun too... Take care.. xxx ciao Julie

Jane said...

My arms are aching...my fingers are numb...and even my legs have cramped. I just finished a very detailed "funky sea turtle" for the show! (This one has taken HOURS to complete...But I like it! Now' let's all go to the LOBBY...

My last drive-in movie was Laurence of Arabia...and I was madly in love with Peter O'Toole!!! Oh the childhood fantasies of riding in jeeps or on camels across the desert...white robes flowing in the winds...Ahhhhhhhhh....

So long until I see you on Friday...
Hugs,
Jane

busybee2 said...

Taking some time for yourself is the most important thing. Be sure to get some rest. Good luck this weekend - I know you will be amazing!

Kat said...

We used to go the drive in all the time. It was so much fun! We would all wear are PJ's too. Thanks for the trip down memory lane. And thanks for your support on the March - attendance was estimated at 9 to 11 thousand! Kat

Seaside Style said...

Great memories at the drve ins with family. In our town, we have a drive in, one of the last few! It is still fun as a nadult. Good Luck at the show.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

The drive in was a perfect family place and yes we did go all the time when I was a kid! Enjoy your break and get some rest! See ya soon!

Della said...

I've seen so many of the movies you mentioned at the drive in as a kid. The last time we went to the drive in was 2004. We took the grandkids to see Shrek2. The local drive in has closed, but it sure was fun to take my grands to the very same drive in I used to go to at their age.
Getting inventory made, and ready to show/sell is hard work! I'm sure you will sell out in no time! Enjoy your 'break'. Have fun!

jmac said...

hahahahha....another precious post from yu crazy girl! Oh, how I love coming to your site!
I ain't EVEN tellin' all I did at the last drive in movie I went to!! Will just say it was Woodstock!! hahahahahahaha..my, oh my ... what a night...
thanks for the luscious memory!!!!!

BeachGypsy said...

wE WiLL mISS yOU!! Come back soon! Enjoyed this post.....do any drive-ins still exist anymore? My first drive in visit was for Walt Disney's "the jungle book".

The Fajdich Times said...

Drive-ins were so much fun! I remember sharing the backseat with my sisters:)

merrilymarylee said...

LOL! I remember those Let's All Go to the Lobby songs..

My husband still teases me about making out in front of the drive-in concession stand. I don't remember it quite like he does (he remembers me as the instigator!)

We still hold hands in movies.

Enjoy your break. I think you've worked too hard on those last posts!

CHERI said...

Oh, yes...I remember all this! My boyfriend (now husband) and I went to many a drive-in movies...think we might have made out as much as or more than we watched the movie. Our favorite drive-in was in our college town. You could order the most wonderful PIZZA at the concession stand. When it was ready they would call you over the speaker by name! A great movie, delicious pizza, and some good kissing...what more could you ask for?

simpledaisy said...

I used to love the drive in movie theater!!! The first movie I watched in one was Bambi:):)

Desert Dreaming said...

Just loved this post...wow, did it bring back those childhood memories. Sad though that so many wonderful things like this are gone, and we can't share them with our children.

Thank you so much for the sweet comments you made on my post about the Hass avocados...I can't wait for them!!! Wish I could share with ya!

Again, your shell art work is just beautiful, I wish you the best of luck in your new adventure!

Joni

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Yeah, baby, yeah! I love the drive-in. We used to go, too. What a fun post, Rhonda.

I've been thinking of you. Have had workmen doing things, and I escaped and am using a server that it sooooo slow. So I switched to my "stick" which costs a million dollars a minute. But it sure beats trying to blog like a turtle.

I hope I get to see you soon. MISS YOU!!!

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

XO,

Sheila :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

P.S. I hope all your West Coast friends are okay from that horrific natural disaster. I heard the West Coast got some damage. Anyhow, I hope all is well.

becky said...

See you at Jane's...

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Bravo again Rhonda!
What a great post! I loved going to the drive-in! It brings back happy memories and a simpler time.
The last one I went to was in 1983 and it was ET. My son was a little boy and I wanted him to experience it. Although he probably hardly remembers now since he was only 3.
Good luck at your sale too!
Hugs,
Cindy

gayle said...

I have wonderful memories of going to the drive in with my parents. Going out to the car in my pj's, my mom putting pop corn in a brown grocery bag (I guess that was before we all found out about roaches in them..yuck) and coolaide in a big round thermos! Remember too the play ground and the intermission stand!

Kaybe said...

Would you please pass me some napkins - I have butter from my popcorn all over my fingers :D

Love ya!

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

How I miss drive-ins, so many great memories. As always, a delightful post!

jmac said...

...patiently, kind of, waiting to hear how yesterday at janes went...rest a little and hurry back to give us all the scoop, plz!

Lindsay-ann said...

This post was really interesting. Can you believe we don't have drive-inns in the UK? I have never been to one :(
Hope you are having a good weekend.
Lindsay
x

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Great memories! I can't wait to hear about your weekend! I hope it was GREAT! I'm having a giveaway...hope you'll stop by again soon! ♥

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