This past week I asked one of our biggest fans, Clint Eccher, to write words of wisdom for our patrons. Clint is a frequent customer, often first in line, and he always seems to enjoy his visits to the Twin. Thanks Clint! Here is his great advice.
Whenever I suggest to my friends and family that they attend the drive-in, I’m continually surprised at how many have yet to go to one of the state’s last drive-ins and a future historical site. When I talk with them, they don’t realize that going to the drive-in is much more than about the movie. It is an experience. Depending on whether you go by yourself or others, it can be playful, laid back, friendly, introspective, hilarious, calming, romantic, or any number of other experiences. To ensure you do have fun, though, there are things you need to know before you go:
1) Pad your vehicle as much as possible.
We use a large memory foam pad, along with couch pillows and a comforter. I, personally, think this is the most important tip. The more comfortable you are, the more you’ll want to come back. My Honda Element makes watching movies more fun than at home.
2) Arrive early enough to get a decent spot.
My family and I prefer to get there early (up to an hour before the box office opens), shut off the car, and just wait in line, playing liar’s dice, hacky sack, reading, talking, or just listening to the birds and wildlife in the open space around the drive-in. I am continually amazed at how people show up last minute, waiting in line as the movie starts and scrambling to find a spot, driving around with their lights on, lighting up the screen with their headlights.
If you do wait in line early, make sure you park to the sides so staff can drive between the two lines to get to work. Also, think about turning off your car to help the environment (that’s a request from my daughter
3) Park next to a post, rather in the middle of two of them.
Security will come as ask you to move your car closer to a post.
4) Lower your hatchback or door to the level of your roof.
If you forget to bring rope, security will provide you with Holiday Twin twine. We still use the same twine someone gave up two years ago.
5) Bring a frisbee, soccer ball, football or whatever to play with.
Both screens offer a lot of space up front for kids to play, or even better, parents to play with their kids. It’s a perfect opportunity to spend quality time with your kids. You may be amazed at how they prefer to play with you than do anything else.
6) Bring the right clothing.
The drive-in can be cold in the spring and hot in the summer. However, dress accordingly to be at the right temperature, you will have a much better experience. Unless it’s the middle of summer, be prepared for the temperature to drop considerably from the start of the movie till when you leave.
7) Remember raingear if you’re watching outside.
8) Make sure you turn off your A/C and fan while watching the movie.
These can suck your battery dry before the end of a movie, if you forget.
9) Go to the concession stand if your battery dies.
Security will come and jump your car with a portable charger.
10) Get your concessions early.
The concessions line can get long near the start of the movie, so go early. Also, you’ll be amazed at how fairly priced the food and drink is at the Holiday Twin. Very rarely will you hear a patron to say buy your food at the theater, but I firmly believe in doing that at the drive-in. Not only are the prices extremely fair, unlike any other theatre in town, but they also support the drive-in.
11) Don’t bring alcohol or bottles.
They aren’t allowed. Security will ask you to be remove them if you have them.
12) Remember that you can have parties at the drive-in.
The benefit is it is only a little more for food, and you get to drive by all us suckas in line. The kids then get the entire space to themselves before the box office opens. We have had several parties there for my daughter’s birthday, as well as her soccer team.