Drive In’s are all the rage these days. It seems everywhere you go folks are talking about “their drive-in”. In our trade publication, “Box Office”, there is a nice article about drive-in’s this month. The author, David Binet, focuses on celebrating American Drive-ins through the years. Binet says, “Today’s drive-in cinema feels much like the drive-ins of yesteryear, only with some significant improvements.” Significant is right! Digital projection is transforming drive-in’s across the country. Today there are approximately 368 Drive-in theaters left in the United States. Those theaters have a screen count of 611. Amazingly, new drive-in’s are being built. The newest in Fort Worth, Texas (where year round operation is possible). While most drive-in’s close not because of a lack of business, but because of the cost of … Read More »
We’re ready to open for the 2013 season! Our digital conversion is the largest and most expensive expansion we’ve ever undertaken at the Holiday Twin Drive-In. The purchase and installation of the digital projectors and required remodeling to accommodate this high tech equipment was more expensive than the purchase of the theater and property back in 1979. For those of you wondering how long the drive-in will be around, suffice it to say, we plan to be here a while.
On to the news of opening night. We’ve set the date for Friday, March 29th as the first night of 2013. Through April we will be open on Friday and Saturday nights only. While the weather is still unpredictable and we’re likely to have rain, snow and cold temperatures, that particular weekend has a good forecast and … Read More »
I don’t know if it’s because he’s having a birthday or if it’s because he just wants to see me sweat, but my sweet husband (a.k.a. the owner) has decided to make every night this weekend $10 per car load! YIKES!! Yes, you read right, $10 every night, all weekend long. Say good bye to the last 35 mm film movies you’ll ever see at the Holiday Twin and join us for a fun and inexpensive weekend. We’ll be posting specials on Facebook and Twitter every night. I’ll let you in on one deal in advance: All t-shirts will be 20% off every night. Show your support for the Twin while you enjoy movies under the stars, and a full moon!
See you at the movies!
Hard to believe but our final weekend is fast approaching. We worked with our film booker last week to make our last weekend a great one. It’s costing us much more than we normally like to pay for movies combos, but we know our fans will support us. Screen 1 will be “Paranorman” with the co-hit “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” and Screen 2 will be “The Bourne Legacy” with the co-hit “Ted”.
We’ll be posting specials every night on Facebook and Twitter for the final four nights of the season. Just a reminder, we’re open weekends only and the final four nights are 8/31, 9/1, 9/2 & 9/3.
To add to the excitement we’re having “retro” weekend. All weekend if you come dressed in 50′s vintage clothing, think “Grease”, or drive a vintage auto, 60′s or earlier, we’ll give you … Read More »
For the last three years we’ve closed after Labor Day. We’ve owned the drive-in since 1979 and watched the trends very closely. While there are always a few surprises thrown in the mix, one thing we know for certain; once school starts our weeknight business is almost non-existent. That’s not to say that NO ONE comes to the drive-in, just not enough folks to justify remaining open during weeknights this time of year. So we’ve made the decision to close on weeknights for the remainder of this season. Starting today, August 22, we will have 7 open nights for the remainder of this season. Those nights are: 8/24, 25, 26, 31 and 9/1, 2 and 3. We’re working with our film booker to change-up the movies on the closing weekend and will know more the first of next week. For … Read More »
Aren’t evenings wonderful in Fort Collins? Coming from the heat in Saint George, Utah, I appreciate our nights here even more. Even when the sun goes down in Saint George the temperature rarely drops below 90 degrees. I’m sure our Fort Collins neighbors think we’ve lost it when we’re sitting outside at midnight in shirtsleeves watching the stars! It usually takes us about 2 weeks to “get back to normal” once the season ends. I laugh when regular people call me at 8:30 in the morning and apologize because they woke me up! We usually get to bed around 2 am and our projectionist reports a 4 am bedtime. You can imagine what a sight it was when I had to meet the tree trimming company at 7am at the drive-in this summer! Enough to scare small children, I’m sure. … Read More »
If y’all haven’t read the recent posts on Facebook, here’s some exciting news! We’re all set to host Sisters on the Fly this coming Friday evening. The sisters are an amazing group of women with adventuresome spirits who camp, fish, canoe, horseback ride and just generally “have more fun than anyone!” Plus they raise a lot of money for charity.
They will be arriving at the drive-in on Friday afternoon and setting up their famously decorated vintage travel trailers for our patrons to tour. For a donation to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department you will be entitled to tour their BEEEAUTIFUL trailers. For a sneak peek, check out their website: Sistersonthefly.com or visit our face book page for some fun video footage.
Our movie line up for the coming week, starting August 3rd and running through the 8th will be: Screen … Read More »
As I looked at the calendar today I realized September 3rd is only six weeks away. Six weeks left! Where did the summer go? 2012 will live long in our memories, it’s been a rough summer for Colorado.
The Twin will have a couple of new movies in August, Total Recall and Bourne Legacy. We plan to bring back Brave at some point in August, as well. IF we can work in Expendables 2, we will. This time of year we are juggling the strength of each picture with the audience we can draw at the Twin. With kids starting back to school and college students returning it changes the dynamics of our patrons and we try to find a good balance for all with the product that is available. As is seasons past, we will close on the week days … Read More »
The Final installment of the iconic Batman trilogy rocks! It is sure to rock the Twin at midnight Thursday. What’s not to love? Christian Bale, Anne Hathaway, and Morgan Freeman headline the fantastic cast. To get your juices flowing follow the trailer link on our site.
The plan for Thursday night is as follows: Screen 1 will be Ice Age: Continental Drift with co-hit Brave. Then we will clear the field, with the exception of those who have paid in advance for the Dark Knight, and then let those lined up in the driveway enter. If you prefer you can watch Screen 2: The Amazing Spider Man and co-hit Men in Black 3. Screen 2 viewers can also cross over and watch The Dark Knight, but will pay a separate admission as well. You can pay advance at the box office! … Read More »
So far it has been one crazy summer here in Fort Collins. May was glorious. The temps were delightful and we had nice clear nights for our fans to enjoy movies under the stars. Then the High Park fire started and everything changed. Our hearts were broken as we watched the loss of life, property and beautiful mountain terrain destroyed. We’ve donated a number of tickets to fundraisers for the relief efforts and will continue to do so.
Next came rain. WOW! We considered offering raft service from the #2 screen to the snack bar on several nights Our super loyal fans were there watching The Amazing Spider Man in a downpour and Melody-Joy and her fiance Tony got married on the roof on Sunday night! Meanwhile, my employees were considering wearing waders to work in a flooded snack … Read More »