Adventures of the Snackbarqueen

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 digital conversion, the drive-in’s that operate year-round are more likely to succeed. Many single screen operators, with seasonal operations, are being forced to close because of the cost of the conversion. It’s sad to say goodbye to their place in Americana and I’m certain their towns and cities will miss the night life.

We’re fortunate to have purchased the Holiday Twin in 1979, and had many years of successful operation and strong support from the Fort Collins community and surrounding areas. We planned five years for the digital conversion, making sure we had the cash and financing it would take to succeed. With the conversion complete and the remodeling finished we’ve had two weekends “under our belt”. Our patrons are noticing a huge improvement in the picture quality. One customer told me, “It’s like going from your old black and white set to a new HD TV!”

For Wes and I, our enjoyment comes from seeing our patrons enjoy the outing and the time spent with their friends and families. It brings a smile to my face when I see little ones in their “jammies” out to see the latest kid movie with their family. That is really what we are all about. Providing a safe, enjoyable place for you to come and enjoy a movie or two under the stars. Plus some great food to tempt you!

We’re looking forward to a fantastic summer. We hope to see you many times this season… and the dancing hotdogs :)

Enjoy yourselves!

6 Responses to “Nostalgic Cinema”

  1. Megan D.

    I am so happy that you guys are still in business! I’ve spent many a night at your drive in since I was a kid and now I get to see my son have the same excitement on his face! The staff is completely awesome and the security is always there to help people when they need it.

  2. Evan West

    My summer employment is once again taking me away from the Fort Collins area, and I’m very sad that these next two weekends might be my only real chances to get to the drive in this summer. I plan on buying lots of concessions at the snackbar, but is there anything else that the Drive In needs such as cash donations or items on an in kind wish list? Your one of my favorite local businesses, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who wants to do what they can to support you.

    • Snackbarqueen Snackbarqueen

      We appreciate your support. Please encourage your friends and neighbors to come to the drive-in and support the snack bar. Word of mouth is the best advertising we have! Hopefully you can catch a movie or two before you leave and we will still be open when you return this fall! Stay safe.

  3. Kevin Anders

    Looking forward to visiting. A new twin drive-in opened near Rapid City, SD on July 31, 2012. It is nice to see a few making a come-back.

    • Snackbarqueen Snackbarqueen

      Kevin, yes some are making come backs while others are fading. We spend our winters in Saint George, Utah and the community there has practically begged us to open a drive-in. The problem is the cost of land in an area like that. So where land is still affordable drive-in’s are feasible. Hope you enjoy your visit with us.


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