Top 10 Drive In Movie Theatre Tips

Hey guys, how many of you have ever
thought about trying to create a unique date night or a family night at the
drive-in theater, but weren’t quite sure how to pull it off? Well, if that’s the case
you’re gonna want to stick around because that’s exactly what we’re gonna
cover next on this week’s bonus session of Manly Moments. Well, I’m here today with my daughter
Sadie at the Auburn Garrett Drive-In on State Road 8 in Garrett, Indiana. This
place opened on May 16, 1951 during the early years of the drive-in theater boom,
and has been showing movies every summer ever since. But if I’m honest, I’ve only
been to the drive-in theater like once in my lifetime. And so I had to learn
things the hard way. And I thought it might be beneficial to share with you
some of the things I’ve learned, so you can learn from my mistakes. That’s why I
put together this video with the Top 10 Tips for a successful night at the
drive-in. Take notes because here we go. #1 – Arrive early. If you want to get a good spot, you can’t show up five minutes
before the show starts and expect to get a good spot. Serious drive-in fans arrive
one to two hours prior, especially on summer weekends. Gee, do you think we came early enough? I wanted to beat the crowd. It’s 3:00 in the afternoon!
At least we e got a good spot. #2 – Bring games. If you arrive early, a football a frisbee
or deck of cards goes a long way and can be a tremendous asset – especially if you bring the kids. If not, you can mingle with the neighbors
or even read a book. I wonder if it’s going to be better than the book. Probably not. #3 – Dress comfortably. Drive-in double features can last till 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, so you’ll want to be
comfortable. If you bring the kids it’s a lot easier to transfer them from the
vehicle to their beds if they’re already in their pajamas. Adults too, for that matter. #4 – Pack a snack. And even though
most drive-in theaters have concession stands, it’s still nice to bring your own
popcorn, candy, or chips. It will save you a little time and money, and it’s
particularly handy if you’re on a special diet. Would you like to try some
of my sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, non-GMO kale chips? Uhm . . . I’ll pass. #5 – Bring lawn chairs. Sometimes
the best way to ensure you have a good view is simply to bring a lawn chair to
sit outside. Or if you drive a van or a truck, you can park backwards and go for
the open view with blankets, pillows, mattresses, or even a loveseat. Just make sure your chairs are in good shape. Well, this is comfortable. Sure you don’t want to trade for like just a little bit? No. #6 – Bring a jacket or a blanket. Depending on where you live and what time of year it is, it’s always wise to
pack for chilly weather once the sun goes down. It’s no fun watching a movie
if you’re cold. Man, it is freezing out here tonight. I have an extra sweatshirt, if you want it. Sure. How’s it fit? It’s a little tight, but I like the design. #7 – Bring insect repellent. The only thing worse than being cold is
getting eaten alive by mosquitoes. You want to enjoy the movie, not fight bugs
all night. Dad, hold still. (slap) Got it. #8 – Bring a radio with backup
batteries. While you can typically use an FM radio frequency in the car to pick up
sound for the movie, you run the risk of using up your car battery. Instead, bring
a portable radio with fresh batteries. That way if the movie stinks, you can always listen to the ballgame. (ball game is broadcast) Hey, turn the radio off! #9 – Bring jumper cables. Even if
you use a portable radio, sometimes the constant use of the interior lights can
wear down the car battery. Trust me, it’s no fun being the last one in the lot at 2:00
a.m. trying to figure out what to do. I knew I should have brought the jumper
cables. Do you think mom is still awake? No. #10 – Consider going in the spring
or in August. The sun sets earlier in May and August than it does during the heart
of the summer, which means the movie will start sooner so you can actually stay
awake for both shows. In Indiana it doesn’t even begin to get dark until
9:30 or 10:00 in June. I don’t know what they do in Alaska this time of year. So
there you have it, the Top 10 Tips for a successful night at the drive-in. We’ve
got one more thing to cover. Come on. We still have to pick a winner from last
week’s contest. Everybody who re-posted or shared that video got their name and the
lucky Man Canp mug and now it’s time to pick a winner. Sadie, I’ll let you do the
honors. Drum roll, please. And that lucky winner . . . is oh boy – Mary Whybrew! (cheers) Congratulations, Mary, you just won yourself a free detailed job from Jay
Chapman, the owner of Faithfully Fitted Automobile Detail. For the rest of you,
don’t despair, it seems like we’re always giving away free stuff on Manly Moments.
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