Drive In Pics
Back in the days when we didn't have VCRs and DVD
players...we had Drive In Movie Theaters. Their heyday was from
the l940's through the early l970's. There are only 500 left in
the US today, that are still working, but most are just either
long gone and built over (they've been turned into scrap yards,
nursing homes or plasterboard palaces-yeah-things we "need"),
or some are still "standing skeletons" rotting in the
overgrowth of time. But, they'll never be forgotten. In "Cool
Links" you can find "drive-in.com" for more info
and pix of drive-ins. Here is my collection of photos of old drive-ins
and, some movie stars who's films played during the drive-in craze.
It was the days of the BIG SCREEN... please enjoy!!
To start the tour click here.
Here are some pics of Bob with some of his favorite
The Hilltop Drive-In
And here is all that remains of the huge Hilltop Drive-In
that was active in East Greenwich, R.I. at least until the late
70's, nothing but an overgrown entry way - the screen used to
stand behind it. The metal screen stood high for many years until
someone decided that a nursing home (yeah, like we need those!)
would go up there. The Hilltop is only a couple of miles down
the road from the Quonset Drive-In.
Quonset Drive-In Theater
Here's all that is left of the old Quonset Drive-In
Theater in North Kingstown RI. It's overgrown and rotting into
the ground, the screen long ago torn down. But, the entrance gate
is still standing and, the tell tale sign of many a dead drive-in:
speaker poles sticking up out of the weeds.
This is the "Limelight Cinemas". Not a "Drive-In"
but still an independent movie house and an important place in
my life. Until April 13 2001, it was the latest incarnation of
the old "Meadowbrook Cinemas" which stood here in this
shopping plaza on Warwick Ave in Warwick RI since l970. Originally
built as part of the defunct "Jerry Lewis Cinema" chain,
it was put up as one theater before the days of the mega multi-plexes.
It was then sold in the early 70's and became a multiple cinema
(3) called "The Meadowbrook Esquire Cinemas", part of
a smaller local chain that did well when the movie distribution
industry was just a different and smaller business and, "B"
pictures as they were called, ran as first-run movies to small
cinemas and drive-ins at the time.
Later in the mid- 80's it was sold again (several
times, I'm not sure how many) to just become known as "The
Meadowbrook Cinema" . The theaters themselves were in such
a state of disrepair and decay that it's local audience slowly
trickled away-broken, foul-smelling seats, torn screens, bad copies
of films, broken projectors and a concesssion stand that no longer
really worked, were the legacy of what was once a popular local
"date" cinema. This went defunct in March 2000 due to
lackluster business and was reopened by Trainor Entertainment
as the "Limelight Cinemas". Because of someone with
fresh ideas and a willingness to invest money - it was cleaned
up and given a face-lift. The "Limelight" as it was
re-christened, was actually doing well, showing second run and
vintage movies until the owners of the property basically decided
they didn't want a cinema there anymore in their future plans
for the property. In the 30 odd years I have lived here the cinema
is what I grew up with and, on.
They showed many, many great Godzilla and monster
films there as matinees in the Cinema's heyday (the l970's) and
before the ease of owning a VCR came into being in the early 80's.
Some credit this as what started the cinema's declining attendance.
It also hosted one of the longest running Saturday Midnite shows
of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW in New England(although SOME
people dispute this,but that's cool too but it DID run for a LONG
time here). Many people came from as far away as New York City
to see the live cast perform. All that, I am sad to say, will
be shortly gone forever. So here are, forever in digital, photos
of this great place, that meant so much to me. Interestingly,
this place may also hold the record as the longest standing (as
a cinema) Jerry Lewis Cinema left in the U.S.