Memory Lane and this weeks Giveaway

I’ve had a couple of wonderful encounters with memorable folks this week. They warmed my heart and I want to share them with you.

First Michelle Kennedy from Rocky Mountain High School stopped by to write a story and take some pictures for the high school newspaper. We have a few students from Rocky that work for us; Tony Martinez, Mac Thompson, Michael Fanning and Roman Ortiz. Michelle wrote a nice article about them and their work at the drive-in in her school newspaper. While I was giving her a tour of our building, we stepped out on the roof so she could take a few photos there. I pointed out a mom and her two little boys, dressed in their footsie jammies all ready for the movie. That made us both say “ahhh”. Seeing these … Read More »

Our history with Top Gun

Back in 1986 the majority of drive-ins across the country were playing “second run” movies. Before the days of the mega plex theaters, most towns and cities had numerous one screen theaters all competing for the new or “first run” movies that were released. Drive-in’s were in the position of playing the left overs.

Wes, the owner of the Holiday Twin, was attending a convention for theater owners with Hollywood movie executives. As he tells it, “I really wanted to see what the Holiday Twin could do up against the indoor houses in town. After dinner one evening, having drinks, (I like to imagine it was a dirty martini, but that’s just me) I challenged the Paramount executive to give us a good first run feature and see what we could do.” It … Read More »

Weekend Line-up, Second Retro Night and Giveaway

Starting May 10th our movie line-up will be Iron Man 3 with the co-hit Olympus Has Fallen on Screen 1 and on Screen 2: Pain & Gain with the co-hit Oblivion. We’re open 7 nights a week now so avoid the crowds and join us during the week. A couple of our “regulars” stopped by last night and said how nice it was to come when you could spread out a little bit.

Hope you’re joining us on Tuesday, May 14th for our second retro night of the season. The Screen 2 line-up for that night is Risky Business and Top Gun. It’s all Tom Cruise, even in his “tidy whities”!! This will be the last retro night until August, so don’t miss out. Over on Facebook you’ll find a coupon to use toward … Read More »

Word on Iron Man 3

My inside sources tell me Iron Man 3 is the best Iron Man yet! So all you hearty souls dress warm for this weekend and come enjoy the show. Does anyone remember it snowing on May 1st in the past 10 years? I can remember sleet in May but not 8″ of snow. I wish you could have seen my two white Westies! They hate snow, so going outside to “potty” was hilarious. I’d post a picture but I was laughing too hard to take one :D. The storm did give me a little time to catch up on a few things around the house and enjoy my favorite activity, quilting. I don’t get to do much of that during the season.

It’s melting fast today and by showtime tomorrow I’m hoping the majority of our … Read More »

First Retro Night of the Season Plus a Giveaway!

We’re trilled to offer our first retro film night of the season on Tuesday, May 7th. Our screen Two will be showing; Grease, the Sing-a-long version with the co-hit American Graffiti.

We’ve waited a long time to be able to play movies other than the ones we booked that are current releases. We plan to have one more retro night in May. Tuesday, May 14th will be the second play date and we have not confirmed the movies yet, but we will announce them here as soon as we know.

There will be something for everyone come August when we go into full swing with our retro film offerings. Until then, will all the big summer movies being released we’re unable to get permission from the film companies to “cut them out” of … Read More »

Spring time in the Rockies

“Wait 15 minutes and the weather will change!” It must be spring time in the Rockies. Wintery weather one day and 60 degrees the next. We plan to open again this weekend on Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27. This will be our last weekend only week until mid-August. Our employees are happy and so are we!

I just started a Pinterest board dedicated to Drive-Ins. Replacing 35 mm film with digital has made me nostalgic, I guess. Everyone around here is looking forward to seeing the lot filled with folks who are out to enjoy a nice evening with their friends and family under the stars. You can follow me here:

We had some great press this past week in the Reporter Herald thanks to Jessica Benes. The story was picked … Read More »

Closed Due to Snow

The Holiday Twin will be closed this weekend, April 19-20 due to the weather conditions. With the amount of snow on the field we do not expect the conditions to change or improve enough to provide a pleasant experience for our patrons. We will re-open on Friday, April 26 and Saturday April 27th. Movies will be announced by Monday, April 22nd on our web site, on Facebook and via Twitter. Stay warm and be safe.

Nostalgic Cinema

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 »

Opening Night 2013

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 »

Weekend Update!!

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!