Monthly Archives: May 2012

Words of Advice from a Loyal Fan

This past week I asked one of our biggest fans, Clint Eccher, to write words of wisdom for our patrons.  Clint is a frequent customer, often first in line, and he always seems to enjoy his visits to the Twin.  Thanks Clint!  Here is his great advice.

Whenever I suggest to my friends and family that they attend the drive-in, I’m continually surprised at how many have yet to go to one of the state’s last drive-ins and a future historical site. When I talk with them, they don’t realize that going to the drive-in is much more than about the movie. It is an experience. Depending on whether you go by yourself or others, it can be playful, laid back, friendly, introspective, hilarious, calming, romantic, or any number of other experiences. To ensure you do have fun, though, … Read More »

The Quirky Business of Drive-Ins

Lately, I’ve had a few complaints about our movie selections and the fact that we don’t know weeks in advance what we’ll be showing.  So maybe the following will help our customers understand just what goes into booking films for a drive-in theater.

Unlike the multi-plex indoor theaters, we have two screens on which we play two movies.  Our first feature is normally a “first-run”.  That means we’re playing it on the night it opens.  The second feature, or co-hit, is also a fairly new release.  While it may have been out for awhile, it is still considered a first-run movie as it has not yet been released to the discount houses or on DVD.  We utilize a film buyer, as he or she is called in our business.  This person works on our behalf with the film companies to secure … Read More »

Beautiful Nights, Hazy Days

For some reason, we have been having the most beautiful nights at the drive-in, despite the fire raging over the hill.  We’ve been blessed with the winds from the South and East this week so the conditions at the drive-in have been ideal every night.  It was a great week for folks to enjoy the movies and the crowds were non-existent, which made it enjoyable for movie watchers wanting a little more elbow room!

During the day we’ve had hazy and some smoke, but nothing that I would say had any health risk.  I’ve spent enough time in the L.A. basin and Salt Lake City area to know bad air quality, and this past week has never come close to what those folks experience during their bad air quality days.  Our field clean-up crew has had to endure the hazy, but … Read More »

Movies for Next Weekend

The movies for next week, June 8 -14th have been finalized.  Screen 1 will be Madagascar 3 with co-hit Men in Black 3.  Screen 2 will be Snow White and the Huntsman with co-hit The Avengers.  We’re very excited about this line up.  The combination of a kid friendly movie with a more adult driven movie seems to always work well at the Twin.  We have numerous requests for this combination style.  Personally I’m looking forward to “Rock of Ages” and am hoping our film booker can work out a deal with the studio for us to open on June 15.  I grew up in the 70′s and 80′s and I have way too many pictures of my Farrah Fawcett bangs!  I also really like Julianne Hough.  Her brother isn’t too bad either.  Can anyone imagine a man who can … Read More »

Burritos are Back

Back by popular demand, our pulled pork burritos will be ready to serve tonight, June 1st.  A couple of years ago I stopped selling burritos in the snack bar because it was a labor intensive product for me.  I wear a number of hats as the owner of this drive-in.  We’re a family run business with three family members doing the bulk of the work.  This season my parents, John and Carolyn joined us to give some much needed support and work relief.  They are fantastic (and good looking!).  My mom is an excellent cook and an efficiency nut.  She figured out a way to make the burritos work and let me off the hook making them.  They’ve been on slow cook since last night and smell delicious right now!

If burritos aren’t your thing, my dad, John, is still cooking … Read More »