Since all the money goes to fancy new projectors, there wasn’t a ton of cash leftover for essential repairs. Corey dealt with this pretty much nightly.
“We never repaved our lot,” Jillian explained. “I don’t know when it was last paved, but it’s crunched to gravel. Some deep holes formed, and when it was still muddy I had angry moms and dads come and tell me that their car was stuck in the parking lot because it was in the mud puddle. Our fix for that was a bag of Quikrete and we were told to dump it where we needed it most. It lasted into the summer and over the next year that was our solution.”
Drive-ins age just like people: They refuse to change their ways and start physically falling apart.
“Our projection booth was also in bad shape,” she continued. “It was built in the 40’s when the rest of it was, but it hadn’t been touched since. Pieces of it had fallen out, and when I worked there, the holes were so big that we had to take out birds nests every few weeks. We had one bird who attacked families watching a movie on the grass, and they came from one of these holes. They still haven’t been fixed.”
On the plus side: Super authentic showings of Hitchcock’s The Birds.