Adventures of the Snackbarqueen

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 we decided we could be up and running by then. Since we don’t expect large crowds this will give us the opportunity to work some “bugs” out and train some new employees.

There have been numerous changes at the drive-in, for the most part our patrons will only notice the fantastic digital picture and the better digital sound. But inside, behind the scenes we’ve undergone a complete renovation. We are very, very grateful to Ted Hoffman Construction. Ted and his crew worked tirelessly through the off season to bring our building up to a standard that could accommodate the digital specifications necessary for this high-tech equipment. It was a sad day for me to see those old converted carbon arc projectors go, but our choice was clear, convert or close. Imagine my husband, Wes, who has been in the business for nearly 40 years, as he watched the only equipment he’s ever know sent to be recycled. WHEW! It wasn’t easy folks. But upward and onward. We’re counting on our fans support for years to come. We will not raise our prices this season. We do ask that you strongly support our snack bar as that is our major revenue source.

We will be radio sound only as all the speakers have been removed. We will have a few for sale this season if anyone is interested in a piece of nostalgia. They are $10.00 each, with no guarantee that they are working. You can pick one up in the snack bar or at the box office on your way in the theater.

Opening weekend movies will be as follows: The Great and Powerful Oz with the co-hit, Parental Guidance. On the other screen, G.I. Joe: Retaliation with the co-hit Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters.

We’re planning a full summer with all the big hits and we may even go retro one night a week on one screen just because we can! We’ll keep you updated as the season moves along.

For now, we’re having a Spring snow here in Fort Collins, and it’s tough to get in the mood for a drive-in movie, but the weather will change and we’re looking forward to seeing all our fans this summer.
See you at the movies!
Snackbarqueen

25 Responses to “Opening Night 2013”

  1. Susie

    Love the idea of a drive-in movie theater! Never been to one so I hope to come this summer! A few questions: Is the cost per car/person and how much? I noticed your site says one movie “with” another movie. Does that mean the cost covers both movies and the 2nd one starts after the first? Thanks for clearing this up!

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    • Snackbarqueen Snackbarqueen

      Regarding admission prices they are per person. 7$ for ages 11 and up, $3 for ages 6-10 and seniors 65+ are 3$. The cost covers the double feature on the screen you select. It’s a great deal since we’re usually playing two current movies! Come out and enjoy the shows!

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    • Kim

      First, the cost is per person. Kids ages 6-10 are $3 and ages 11+ are $7. Seniors (65+) are also $3. In regard to your question about the two movies, the cost includes both movies. It will always put them in order of which shows first. The second movie is covered with your original admission, however if you do not want to stay for the second one (being that it is usually pretty late) then you can leave after the first film for there is a time frame between the two for bathroom trips, snacks, and letting cars out. Hope this helped! :)

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  2. Jerry Dasher (The Candyman)

    Thank you for having a Drive-In Movie Theater in Northern Colorado! Even more awesomeness by updating to digital video & audio and keeping prices affordable, how wonderful:-) I do hope you do have a “IF YOU LIKE DIGITAL UPDATES – DONATATIONS GRATEFUL BOX” deposit $money$ here? May God Bless your families & your business!

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  3. Carrie

    What time does the first movie start? We are so excited to visit for the fist time!

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  4. Lily

    My family and I can’t wait. My 2.5 year old has been telling everyone who will listen that we’re going to the movies on Friday. She has it all planned out, including which “‘jamas” she’s going to wear, and which snacks she’s going to get.

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  5. Donna

    My husband and I will be 60 this year, just reminiscing about the drive-ins so I Googled it – and yay! We’re goin’ to the movies!

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  6. Judeevansmomma

    We are so excited to come tonight! We took my now 2.5 year old almost every weekend last summer and it was so much fun. Its such a pain to take him to a theater so this is fabulous! Always love the movies and the snack bar is always loaded with delicious food!! Did I say I can’t wait for tonight??!!

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  7. carriea.

    So excited for the summer movie season at the Holiday Twin. I absolutely love the drive-in, so much that I refused to see any of the summer movies last year in any other theater. Hope that everything is going well with the new digital upgrade, I look forward to experiencing it throughout the summer months!

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    • Snackbarqueen Snackbarqueen

      Thank you so much for all your support. We had a really good opening night and everything went very well. We are looking forward to a fantastic summer here at the Twin.

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  8. sue

    My husband bought me 2 wonderful old speakers

    However we paid $15. I was told on FB it was $10 and see above they are $10. Did the price change or were we charged incorrectly? Please let me know… I love em either way

    Thanks so much for keeping our drive inn going we are so happy its open… I’m hoping this year you can be open later into the season I am certain you would be super busy! Even if just weekends into September October…

    I’m such a drive inn fan… grew up with them and we enjoy it as do the gkids.

    I will wait to hear on the cost of the speakers in case it was a mistake… thanks again!

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  9. Wes

    Very excited to hear you plan to stay for many years to come. I know my family and hopefully many others will continue to show you our support. Thanks so much for keeping a piece of history alive and well. See you Friday night!

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  10. Otey13

    I have been comming to your drive in since i was 18 (I’m old) lol. We will be there this weekend! BTW do you have any speakers left? I would love to get one, I have one from the old pines drive in loveland. would love one from holiday twin also!

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  11. Brad

    Thank you for keeping the drive in open me and my daughter and friends have a blast there every summer see you this weekend signed a townie

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  12. Bill

    Did you get the intermission “clock” in DCP or is it gone now?

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  13. Kathy

    When will your schedule be out? I’d love to know what’s coming to get evenings on the calendar.

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    • Snackbarqueen Snackbarqueen

      We post the coming weekends movies every Monday afternoon. On the coming soon section of our web site I’ve posted a few movies that we are likely to play, though not guaranteed. The final decision of what we will play isn’t made until the Monday prior to the Friday opening. The most current information will be found on Facebook and via Twitter. You can count on the “Big Summer Movies” throughout the season.

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    • Snackbarqueen Snackbarqueen

      The schedule comes out every Monday afternoon for the upcoming weekend movies. Check the “coming soon” section of the web site for likely candidates and their upcoming play dates.

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