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Happy 80th Anniversary Drive-In Theaters!

This is my favorite time of year. The nice sunny and warm days combine with cool nights. There’s a gentle breeze at the drive-in tonight and it makes for an excellent night to sit out and enjoy a movie under the stars. It makes me wonder if that’s what Richard Hollingshead, Jr. was thinking of when he launched his 400 car Automobile Movie Theater, back on June 6, 1933. 3527131_ratio4x3_width586 Shortly, we will begin showing a documentary on our snack bar tv entitled, “Going Attractions” by filmmaker April Wright. Wright has spent years compiling the history of drive-in’s all across the country. The Holiday Twin is part of the story and shown in the film. going attractions Wes and I are proud to be members of a dwindling group of drive-in theater operators. We know most people think we are one part crazy and two parts insane, and it’s probably true. Drive-in’s offer a slice of Americana that is quickly disappearing. We hope folks will appreciate the Holiday Twin while they can. We hope to be here for as long as this community supports us. In celebration of the 80th Anniversary of Drive-In Theaters this week we’re giving away two sets of movie passes to two lucky winners. Post a quick note on our blog about your all-time favorite movie and we’ll choose two winners at random. Contest ends Monday, 6/17/13 at midnight! See you at the movies! Snackbarqueen

96 Responses to “Happy 80th Anniversary Drive-In Theaters!”

  1. Kathy Jacobs

    I haven’t been to a drive-in for years & years & years, but am considering bringing my daughter out sometime. Approximately what time does the main feature start (am I correct in assuming the main feature comes before the 2nd hit?)


    • Snackbarqueen Snackbarqueen

      Kathy, We hope you come out and enjoy the drive in soon. Our first feature starts about 9 pm. And yes, the co-hit always plays second.

    • Michelle Dale

      I’m up right now because I just got back from the drive-in! Saw the last night of After Earth. Also thankfully got a jump-start from your staff! My all-time favorite movies are Dirty Dancing and Bridesmaids 🙂

    • Neal Moody

      Wow 80th Anniversary, who knew that our drive in would still be around for this historic occasions? I am glad we still have the Drive – in around. I have to say that my all time favorite movie would be “Sherk”, Hey I got the whole Dvd set and I still watch them and it is still a great movie to see.

  2. Nick Becker

    Well I for one hope that this drive-in stays open as long as I’m alive (I’m only 25) I just don’t understand why more people don’t go. I would twice a week every week if I could. It’s not just about watching the movie it’s about the experience. Hanging outside with the fam while waiting for the movie to start, being able to bring little ones without feeling guilty or worrying about the movie being too loud. It’s just a lot of fun. Besides how can you beat watching 2 movies for 7 bucks ea. when you pay more than that for 1 at the theater.

  3. Alyssa

    My favorite movie is The Invisible… Would love these tickets!!

  4. Mandy

    I have loved drive ins since I was a kid. My hometown in Missouri had one, we moved to Commerce City, and then I came to Fort Collins where I enjoy the drive in with my own kids.

    My favorite movie of all time is The Princess Bride.

  5. Logan Hapke

    I grew up right next to a drive in right across the street from my house (literally) it was pretty cool because sometimes the cable channels would be showing the same movie (Twister) and we could go sit up on our roof, and watch the movie on the big screen, while being able to listening to it in sync with out TV downstairs…it was the best, I miss those days, and Twister…good times and good movies…however my favorite movie has yet to be discovered I am sure, but it might be an Indiana Jones one

  6. Norissa

    I LOVE the drive in and can’t wait to check out the Holiday Twin Drive In. My all time favorite movie is Dirty Dancing.

    • Brittany

      Oh and I’ve been going to holiday twin since middle school!! Every summer. Now I have two sons of my own. I took my oldest for the first time last year to see Madagascar 3?and he loved it!!

  7. Catherine Gaber

    We brought our kids last year to see Madagascar 3 and MIB 3 last summer. They loved it. I can see them bringing their kids in 15-20 years.

    As for my favorite movie of all time, that is an incredibly hard question, but I am going to go with Oceans 11 (the newer one).

  8. Lola

    My family loves going to the drive in. We have been going since the kids were small and they are now 17 and 20 and still enjoy going 🙂 I hope you guys are around for many more years to come. My favorite movie of all time is The Goonies….. maybe for movie retro night ?

  9. amy

    I have always loved going to the drive in who doesn’t? i love grease 2 and American graffiti wish i could have made it when you showed them

  10. Lou Ann

    I love the drive-in. First time I went I was seven years old and saw “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken.” Although I haven’t gone in a few years, I plan to hit it this year. Unemployment however has put a damper on our outings.

  11. Sarah

    My husband children and I had never been to a drive in before going to yours. It immediately became an instant favorite family outing. We love our new tradition!

  12. Jeremy s

    My wife and I had some of our first dates here and will be bringing our 4 kids tomorrow as we’ve made it a family tradition. My favorite sit back movies would be the lord of the rings series. But my favorite movie is Memento. I love thought provoking movies

  13. Nick Hansen

    My wife and I have been coming to the Holiday Twin since high school (10 years ago). It was always our favorite date spot and now we love bringing our 3 year old daughter! Our favorite trip so far was when we brought her earlier this year to see the Croods. She loved it and we had the best time! Thank you so much!

  14. Taylor

    I am a huge fan of drive-ins, and I just don’t understand how they aren’t flourishing! Holiday Twin is one of my favorite places on the planet, and I am so happy that it’s still around! As for my all time favorite movie, I would say it’s either Princess Bride or Zombieland. They both make me laugh, and that’s what makes a movie great in my opinion.

  15. Andrea Karapas

    I love the drive in and try to go at least a few times every summer. Growing up in the 80s, I love Sixteen Candles (1984) and have watched it a million times if only to swoon over Michael Schoeffling’s character, Jake Ryan. And I sing The Beatles Birthday song to my daughters every year on their birthday, just like Anthony Michael Hall did to Molly Ringwald. I’ll forever be in love with that movie!

  16. Mary B

    Hey Guys. We love the drive in! We can bring our best friend (our dog) Tracer with us which always makes our day. Can’t beat the price… atmosphere…. and SNACK BAR! Thank you for being around and we’ll continue to support you as long as we live in Fort Collins.

    My favorite movie of all time is Fight Club – I’m a huge fan of the author.
    Favorite movie I’ve seen at your drive in – Men in Black III


  17. Jordan

    Love the drive in and I hope it is around for many more years to come!

  18. Ginger

    Love the Drive-in, has been a summer family tradition in our family for about 16 years now. Many evenings every summer we pack up the kids and dog and head out for a family night.

    My favorite movie is Transformers

  19. Sara Valdez

    The first time I came to your drive-in was in 1996. I saw Independance Day and Eraser and I have been hooked ever since lol. My husband and I had our first date at your drive in almost 9 years ago and we will be celebrating our 8th wedding anniversary in July. Now that our kids are older they love coming too!!!

    An all time favorite movie is hard to name. We watch it all, and love renting old movies and and seeing history.

    But if I had to pick I would say The Wizard of Oz. My daddy and I used to watch it everytime it came on TV and even now that we live 3 states apart, if it comes on TV we let each other know and watch it at the same time. I recently heard it is going to be re-released at theaters, IMax, and in 3D. I will be the first one in line if you decide to show it at the drive in!!!

  20. Sarah

    There’s obviously so many movies that on my favorites list. I think a favorite movie that I saw in theaters (and at the Holiday Twin Drive-In) of mine has to be “Big Daddy” though!

    I know, it’s cheesy. But I remember it was the first movie my oldest niece (now 15) saw in the theaters. She was probably around 1.5 or 2 years old then. So, she obviously didn’t really know what was going on in the movie, but she sat and watched it. When the rest of the crowd in the theater laughed at funny parts, she’d laugh too!

    It’s a memorable moment that makes it a pretty good favorite movie for that alone.

  21. Peggy Q

    Love your drive in… It’s always fun to go!!! It’s hard to choose my all time favorite movie but I do love and watch (every time it comes on tv) Working Girl, with Harrison Ford, Sigorney Weaver, Joan Cusak, Adam Baldwin and Melanie Griffith…. Gotta love a movie when the girl gets everything she wants and deserves at the end 😉

  22. Vanessa Klinker

    I remember seeing “Paint Your Wagon” & “The Sting” back in the ’70’s at the drive-in. Those were some great times! I can’t wait to visit the Holiday Twin this summer!

  23. Leela

    My favorite movie is Bandits. I’m not sure why, but it has been for a long time.

  24. Kimberly Vreeland

    My hubby and I love “The Princess Bride” and “Wall-E”. <3

  25. Jason

    We love this place,we try to go at least once a weekend. Can’t say I have a favorite movie,I love them all!

  26. Michael Pieza

    I really feel that there is something to be said for many of the films that were made in the 80’s and early 90’s. I really feel that you don’t see movies such as Planes Trains and Automobiles, or comedies such as Mr. Mom as well as The Money Pit. But if you want to sum up what films embodied during that time period in one movie, for me it would have to be E.T. The Extra Terrestrial. That movie is also why Reese’s Pieces are my favorite candy to date. I just re-bought it on Bluray and I still got emotional at the ending. It perfectly brings us into the mind of a young person helping us to once again believe that magic is real.

  27. Dawn

    Oh, when we were kids, we watched the movie “Goonies” over and over again. Now I watch it with my kid!

  28. Alia Jackson

    Hard to believe drive- in theaters have been around for so long. Lots of good memories! My favorite movie(for now) is The Sound of Music!

  29. crystal

    I LOVE taking my kids to the drive inn.. I wish there were more!!

    All time favorite movie is Girls just want to have fun!!!!

  30. Shawntelle

    I grew up going to the drive-in with my parents every weekend. My husband and I still go every summer. We drive from Wyoming just to go to the drive-in. There are so many great movies its hard to narrow it down to just one. So I am going to have to go with “GREASE”

  31. Amy

    We came to the Holiday Twin last summer with our then four year old daughter and 2 of our friends who also have families. The kids absolutely loved it and so did the adults! So glad you guys are close to us, what a fun atmosphere! We were making plans to come again this summer once all of our friends were back in town!

    My favorite movie is “Gone with the Wind.” I would so love to see Clark Gable up on the big screen!! *swoon*

  32. Jessica

    I love the drive-in! I went for the first time ever this summer! My favorite movie is Monsters Inc. I can’t wait for Monsters University to come out this summer! 🙂

  33. Tim

    This is not my favorite movie, but rather one of my favorite movie experiences:

    “The Last Starfighter”

    I was 6 years old when that movie came out. I still remember going to see it at a drive-in theater in Georgia with my dad and older brother. It was that movie that made me ecstatic to find out that there was a drive-in theater here when I moved to Fort Collins many moons ago. I have already taken my boys to a few trips to the Holiday Twin and look forward to many more. My daughter is almost old enough to enjoy a trip as well. I can’t wait for that night!!

  34. Rebekah

    I love you guys! Used to come with my parents as a kid, then my friends in high school, now I bring my son! I can vividly remember when I was a kid at holiday twin my parents telling me to go to sleep for the second movie which was jurassic park, I peeked and got scared to death by the Dino with frills and poison spit! Now it is my son’s favorite movie! I’d have to say mine is Grease or anything with Johnny Depp!

  35. Michelle Dale

    I’m up right now because I got home not too long ago from the drive-in! Saw the last night of After Earth. And very thankful to have gotten a jump-start from your staff also! My favorite movies are Dirty Dancing and Bridesmaids 🙂

  36. savanah

    I love the drive in I have been going to the holiday twin since I was a very young girl. We would grab food on the way and sit and wait in line making jokes and always axially waiting. I still go to this day with my mom. It’s always a amazing girls night out

  37. Travis Reeve

    My all time favorite movie is by far ShawshanK Redemption, I Know the entire speech Morgan Freeman gives when “Andy” escapes by heart. The movie is a family fav and has always had a special place in my heart.

    We love the drive inn and try and come at least evey other weeK, if we had a couple passes we would be able to spend more money at the snacK bar so we would Know the money we are spending is getting to the people that count!

  38. Lory Ann Varela

    Love the Drive-in! And my favorite is Dodgeball. Because if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball. 🙂

  39. Sarah McLaughlin

    I love the Drive-In! I am so glad you are close to me.

    My favorite movie is Spirited Away. It is so beautiful and it pulls you into another world.

  40. Sally Plain

    My favorite movie “Danny Deckchair” a perfect summertime movie would love to see it at a drive in

  41. Jeromey Balderrama

    I’ve been coming to Holiday Twin since I was a kid, and now that I’m getting ready to have my first child, I am very excited to be bringing her to the drive-in for years to come.

    My favorite movie is 300.

  42. Joe Hernandez

    The very first movie I ever saw was @ a drive-in …I was six years old and the movie was ”E.T.”…it will always hold a special place in my heart

  43. Tonia Beard

    My all time favorite movie would be Toy Story at YOUR drive in with my kids. It was their first time at a drive in and was the best experience ever. When we arrived there were loads of kids playing everywhere and a sense of family and fun! My kids love the drive in!!

    Tonia B.

  44. Lori Womack

    I always love taking my kiddos to the drive in. We had a blast seeing Iron Man 2 and Star Trek, Spiderman 3, MIB 3, at Holiday Twin. It is always our favorite family time activity! Keep up the great work!!

  45. dan martinez

    I have been going to the drive in here in fort collins since i was little boy and after all the years of going my favorite movie that ive seen at the drive in would have to be How to train a dragon just seein it on such a large screen really made the experience all the more satisfying thank you for the many years and I truely hope you will still around when my son is old enough to enjoy the drive in as much as i do

  46. Katie

    My husband and I just moved here and haven’t had the chance to make it out to the drive-in yet. We had to drive an hour away from our home in Dallas to get to one! We’ll be by this summer for sure.

  47. Rob Morgan

    Favorite movie: Princess Bride

    Thanks for the memories you are creating for my kids and my wife and I. Love the show.

  48. Maria Zeches

    My fav movie I watched in a drive in was “Greese”……I fell in love with John Travolta…….and besides all the controversy surrounding him, I still feel flutters when I see him and it brings me back to being 14 again. I still have the soundtrack and DVD and watch it often. Today a friend and I will visit the fort collins drivein and will be transcended to being a kid again with the whole experience of going to the drive in. Thank you.

    Maria Zeches

  49. brenda pressnall

    I can’t pick one all time favorite movie. there are too many!! but my favorite twosome at the holiday twin was despicable me paired with inception.
    the parking lot was jammed full that night. the show started really late.
    the place was abuzz with anticipation. and the movies delivered.
    two great flicks!!!

    • Snackbarqueen Snackbarqueen

      Brenda, that combo was our all-time largest grossing combo ever and we played it for about 6 weeks. The film industry was all abuzz about the strange combo at the Twin and how well we were doing. We’re so looking forward to the new Despicable Me 2 movie and hope it has the same staying power! Thanks for your support.

      • brenda pressnall

        We’re looking forward to D2 also!!! We’ll be there. 🙂

  50. Joshua

    All-time favorite film is Jurassic Park (which I saw at The Holiday Twin back in the summer of ’93)!

  51. Larissa

    I’m 23 and moved to Fort Collins 5 years ago. When I first came out here and heard of a ‘drive in’ I laughed because no such thing exists! About a year later I finally discovered the popular Holiday Twin Drive In. I honestly don’t remember what movies we saw throughout the years, but to me the most important wasn’t what we saw: its the experience. I’ve gone to the drive in with my family: we have a blast, laugh, get closer to each other and bond. I’ve gone with my friends and shared many laughs, I’ve also gone with my boyfriend or on double dates for the romantic feel. This drive-in is so fun. I am so glad I moved to a place that still contributes to the Drive In operations. You guys are awesome! Keep up the great work and I plan on continuing visiting! 🙂

  52. Nancy

    I was so happy to discover you guys when we moved here 4 years ago! There was a drive-in in NY, about an hour’s drive from where I lived in NJ, but we didn’t go often. My favorite movie is The Princess Bride.

  53. Stacey

    I still remember going to the drive-in when I was six years old and my family was on vacation in South Carolina. Jaws II! 🙂
    My family (four kids!) would love the movie passes. Thanks for providing a fun place to hang out!

  54. Jessica

    I love the drive in but haven’t been to one in about 2 years. I need to fix that! I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Holiday Twin and can’t wait to check it out. I love so many movies but my fave drive in movie would have to be Twister! 🙂

  55. Hannah

    I love love love drive-inns! I kinda hope someday i can start my own.
    I would have to say my favorite movie is Lilo and Stitch. It makes my laugh and cry every time i watch it.

  56. amy'o

    My all time favorite movie has to be Nemo.

    The first time we saw it was at the Holiday Twin Drive-In, it was Father’s Day weekend, and we’d found out that we were pregnant with our first little one only a month before. We were both freaked out at the idea of being parents, and Nemo was an excellent reflection of that.

    Since then we’ve shared our love of the HTDI with our kids many, many, many times – and we are so very happy that the HTDI is around to continue the tradition that my husband and I grew up with.


  57. Amanda

    I have too many favorite movies to pick just one! I am really looking forward to the Veronica Mars movie though. How exciting, a movie made because fans wanted it so much they were willing to finance it! This could be the wave of the future!

  58. Barbara

    My husband and I live in Cheyenne, Wy and drive down pretty frequently! It’s our most favorite date night spot!!!! Keep up the great work!!! We tell everyone we know how great it is!!!!!

  59. Barbara

    P.s. my favorite movie would have to be the one I saw for the very first time at the Twin! Click w/ meet the Robbinsons!!!

  60. Raygina

    My favorite movie of all time is “The 13th Warrior”. I love the story line and the one liners. I frequently use it as a movie to fall asleep to. “Deception is the point. Any fool can calculate strength…”

  61. Jasmine

    I absolutely love your drive-in! I moved to Loveland from South Dakota and the drive-in there was closed down when my mom was in college. (I graduated college 2 years ago.) I have been hooked on your drive-in since I first started going the last week of May and have been there almost every weekend thus far since. The snack bar is delicious and awesome (your onion rings are FANTASTIC!!!) and the staff is always courteous and helpful. Life would not be the same without your drive-in! I would love to meet the proud owners sometime! By the way, I love the older intermission cartoons! They are awesome, but I’m the kind of person that likes oldies. My favorite movie of all time would be Star War: Return of the Jedi. However, I am a sucker for all sorts of movies, including Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, All Mine to Give, Meet Me in St. Louis, Epic, Tangled, and so many more. You could say I’m a fan… ^.^

  62. Sean Geverts

    The drive in is awesome! make sure to buy some snacks when you get there to help keep the drive in open its an american tradition that needs to stay open!!!

  63. Sean Geverts

    My all time favorite movie at the drive in thus far is After Earth!

  64. Sierra

    Happy 80th anniversary Drive-In’s! My friends and i have been coming to the Holiday Twin for years and years, and now i get to bring my daughter 🙂 A few of my favorites that we’ve seen there are all the Pirates of the Caribbean and the Harry Potter movies 😀 Hope to win free tickets!

  65. Melissa Olsen

    Our favorite movie of all time is probably Princess Bride!

  66. Alice

    1st movie I ever saw at your drive in? American Werewolf in London
    Favorite movie? Ever? Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (That was a tough choice, though…I have lots of favorites!)

  67. Trace O'Connor

    The movie that got me hooked on the Drive-In was Speed, way back in ninety…..three? Talk about a non stop thrill ride for a kid (born in 82), and a good one for a hot summer night in po-dunk Eden, NC. I was in love with the idea from that night on. I make sure to take all my FOCO visitors to a double-feature these days!

  68. Meta Van Skiver

    I have been enjoying your drive-in for 25 yrs and had dates with my hubby.We started taking our kids when they were babies so we could watch and not pay babysitters they turned into future drive-in kids. We now take our boys who are 12 and 8 they want to see the adventure movies. So funny to go from kids flicks to action adventure, but the Drive-in is the BEST experience! We love to come and hang out and play and watch great movies.Please know how much you give to this community by staying open. We Love Holiday Twin!!!! Favorite movie many many, but I will go with “Independence day” especially at the drive in. I would love the free passes! 🙂

  69. Angie

    I am so happy that you all are still going strong! I enjoyed going to the drive-in with my family as a kid in FL & was thrilled to learn of your Drive-in here so I can build those great memories with my own kids. Thank you! It is one of the high lights of our summers!
    As far as favorite movie- how could I ever chose just one 🙂

  70. Pam

    It was in 2011, at the Holiday Twin Drive Inn. 😉 I don’t remember exactly what we watched, but it was like an unexpected date for my husband and I (one of very few since we had a child), because my 3 year old son fell asleep after the first movie (which I think was Cars 2), so my husband and I got to watch the 2nd movie (I’m pretty sure it was the Transformers) and pretend we were on a date (with our sleeping son in the backseat in his carseat).

  71. Frances Tryon

    I love coming to your drive in!!!! I always bring my out of town guest there and they always mention this as one of their favorite times while visiting us. My all time favorite movie is Sound of Music!
    See ya soon!

  72. Amorette

    We love the drive-in and bring our kids as much as possible every summer! They love being able to put on their PJ’s and watch the movie laying down in the back of the car! The snack bar is awesome and we always have to get lots of yummy treats!

    I have lots of favorite movies, but a couple of my most favorites are “Grease” and “Can’t Buy Me Love!”

  73. Marie

    I LOVE drive-ins! It’s so sad that this wonderful bit of Americana has had such a short life!
    My favorite movie experience was at a Drive-In in Salt Lake City a while back, watching “The Runaway Bride”, and we saw the most AWESOME “moon rise” EVER!!! It was so huge & full coming up over the circling mountains around SLC! AWESOME!!! (however, my favourite all-time movie is the Sound of Music!)

  74. Vanessa W

    So many categories for movies, but one of my all time favorite movies is Wayne’s World.

  75. Nicole

    I am so glad you are still here- I enjoyed your theatre as a child and, having moved back to Colorado recently, am glad to be able to enjoy it again with my little boy! Thank you for keeping this nostalgic bit of our history alive today 🙂
    My favorite movie is a wonderfully inspirational movie, Facing The Giants!

  76. Jason A

    SO frustrated… Have lived in Cheyenne for 2 years and just today heard about your drive-in. So, we’re bringing the kids down this weekend to get the experience, and to see MU of course! Favorite movie is Dune.

  77. omar

    Hey guys, love your drive in theatre, I wish it was non smoker friendly.

  78. Lori

    Hi Snackbarqueen! I wasn’t sure how to get ahold of you. We come to the Holiday Twin frequently and we think that our 5 year olds favorite small stuffed horse may have fallen out of the car during the shuffle to get everyone buckled in to leave after the movie. Have you seen an approx. hand sized (9″ long from nose to tail) brown stuffed horse with a white mark on his nose and a bandaid on his tail? He goes by the name “Bullseye”! and we were in theatre on the west side I think showing Epic and Startrek. Our son is just devastated and we are at a loss. Any help would sure be appreciated! Thank you!

  79. Beverly Webb

    I drive down from Cheyenne, WY just to relive my youth of the 50’s when we went to drive-in on dollar night. As many as one could get into car for only a dollar so much fun. Bring the grandkids now, but miss the play ground for them while waiting for the show to start.

    Thank you for still being here. Hope you are here long into the future. happy Birthday.


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