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Author Topic: If you had a Drive-In Theater  (Read 16349 times)
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« on: January 12, 2012, 11:37:39 pm »

Describe what it would look like and contain?
Include, Snack Bar, Screen Etc

I've been Designing drive-Ins, I've done 4, They include Fire Works Shows.
I'm looking for something really challenging

Thanks Again, Vic

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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2012, 09:15:31 am »

Here is a few ideas, How about a Drive-in at a motor cross park... it's built on a side of a "hog back" thats a steep ridge at the foothills of the rockies.
 
How about 4 mini drive-in's that fit into a clover leaf intersection of a highway...
 
How about in the parking lot of a mall, using one of the anchor stores walls as your screen.
 
How about one on the roof of a parking garage downtown in a city.
 
How about one that comes together on water, such as a lake or harbor "A boat-in"
 
Have fun, I'd love to see what you have done and what you come up with.....
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2012, 11:57:32 am »

Fun question.  There have been a lot of interesting drive-in through history, like ones near air strips so planes can taxi in to a spot, and ones with little kiddie railroads and stuff, petting zoos.

There was a time when I was thinking about the feasibility of buying a drive-in but...

If I had one, I would create a concert stage beneath the screen so you could have music shows or spook shows or rent it out to a church.  Would have to be a two-screener at least, I think.

Definitely would add a miniature golf area behind the concession stand, and the concession stand would be classic '50s mid-century modern design.

Also long ago thought of adding a video rental area in or combined with the concession stand, though at this point in time video rental is pretty outdated.

Have fun!
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2012, 12:44:42 pm »

woah woah woah... designing drive-in's .... done 4?!  are these ones people can visit or just layouts of dream drive-ins? 0_o
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2012, 11:45:23 pm »

These are Drive_in Theaters i have designed on my computer
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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2012, 06:21:01 pm »

How about one that comes together on water, such as a lake or harbor "A boat-in"

I Loved this idea, but it has only 1 thing going against it, Reflection on the water

I'm going to try the cloverleaf drive_in
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« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2012, 12:49:27 pm »

I know this thread died last winter, but it's an interesting topic Wink

How about one that comes together on water, such as a lake or harbor "A boat-in"

Funny thing you say this! The wife and I have been debating purchasing a 26-28' party style boat for next summer and I was seriously thinking about the possibility of using a 9' wide projection screen on one end, a projector on the other with a small generator (or LARGE battery bank), the sound piped into the on-board radio via FM and anchored in the middle of the lake!! Maybe have a few other boats tied up to ours and just kicking it at night on the water with a bunch of friends enjoying a good movie Cool
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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2012, 01:07:30 pm »

superior inflatables makes a water-proof inflatable screen that'll float on the water!
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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2013, 11:56:51 am »

How about one that comes together on water, such as a lake or harbor "A boat-in"

I Loved this idea, but it has only 1 thing going against it, Reflection on the water

I'm going to try the cloverleaf drive_in
We may actually be trying that idea this summer. My sis-in-law's family just bought a 32' pontoon boat for their camp on a lake. As soon as I figure out a way to power the gear cleanly, we're going to try it Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2013, 12:35:25 pm »

when on water, how do you keep the inflatable and picture steady?
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2013, 12:55:13 pm »

I operated D-I's in the 60's early 70'.
We had Trains the kids could ride in that went around the theatre.
We had merrygo rounds. Ferris wheels in the plaground.
We brought in rock and roll groups for pre show entertainment with local radio dj's
Dusk to dawn shows
And yes we were the first io our area to rent the theatres to church groups
Our D-I's ranged from 600 to 1100 cars.
The GOOD DAYS!
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« Reply #11 on: June 12, 2013, 01:06:28 pm »

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when on water, how do you keep the inflatable and picture steady?
LOL! This would have to be a "No Wake" zone! Shocked
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« Reply #12 on: June 12, 2013, 02:25:03 pm »

when on water, how do you keep the inflatable and picture steady?
Rich People problems....
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« Reply #13 on: October 13, 2013, 10:32:40 am »

It would have to have a stage for concerts, a playground, free WiFi and pizza delivered to your car so you don't miss the movie
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« Reply #14 on: October 13, 2013, 03:38:47 pm »



Would think if you had a rear projection screen the whole unit moves on water at same time don't see a problem at all with this , if hi winds on lake anchor screen to whatever you can.  Usually up here after dusk very little wind on my lake if any , but I am on a small lake ,or bolt the screen to 2x4 on bottom and top ,,,,,

Now you got me thinking for next year ,,,,,,,,,get a small screen say 16x8 as I have a 24 ft pontton  boat with
aluminum framed canopy top , power would not be an issue lots of battery packs here I have at least 6 ,,,,or a long extension cord LOL for sound have a little FM transmitter just tell your neighbors what frequency it is on,,,,

dam another project for May of next year
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