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 this coming weekend the movies will be as shown on the web site.
This is always a bittersweet time for us. On one hand, we hate to see the end of another season and we enjoy spending time reminiscing about all the funny, quirky, crazy and just plain weird things that happened this past season. On the other hand, we’re exhausted and ready for a break. I don’t think most people know this but, “that old guy in the box”, a phrase I hear almost every night, will be 81 on September 3rd (closing night!). As the owner of this establishment, I think he’s entitled to a little rest 🙂 And I, “the lady at the cash register”, must return to my flight attendant job!
All in all it has been a good year for us, not the best year we’ve ever had, but good. The fires, the shooting, the heat and all the weekend fairs, concerts and the like took a bite out of the business this year. We have an enormous amount of work to do for the digital conversion. We’ll start with the building upgrades and repairs this Fall and install the projectors before we open next Spring. Look for our announcements here and on Facebook for opening nights. It’s very likely we’ll have a “soft” opening with the digital and play a few “oldies, but goodies” to help us get in the swing of things and then open up with new releases in late April. We’ll keep you posted.
Thanks to all our fans and patrons for another memorable season at the Twin. We appreciate you.
See you at the movies!