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272. A Night at the Drive-In
Many years ago, one of the best ways
spend a Saturday night with your girlfriend was
take her to the drive-in. Drive-in theaters were
opened in Southern California because of the car
that exists here. People could go see a
in the comfort and privacy of their own
. I remember the first time I went to
drive-in. I was 18 years old and was
my future wife Caroline. We went on a
-date with my best friend Alfred and his girl
. The drive-in we visited that night was called
Starlight. It was close to home, and it
the best sound system of all the drive-ins.
also had a huge screen. We went to
"Forrest Gump" that night, mainly because Carol wanted
see it. "I heard it is a great
," she said. I really didn't know anything about
movie, but I did want to see something.
Gump" was indeed one of the best movies
made. It had everything -- humor, drama, tragedy,
triumph. It is a great film. Watching it
night under the stars with Carol on my
was the greatest night. "I tell you babe,
was wrong about this movie. I really liked
," I said. She just smiled and gave me
hug. Alfred and Jeannie were busy kissing in
back seat, which is another advantage of going
Those old drive-ins were around for
, but soon after "Forrest Gump" came out, many
them started closing. They closed because of the
multiplex theaters popping up all over the country.
had a choice of many films to watch
those theaters, and soon the drive-in was gone.
Los Angeles, there is only one remaining drive-in
know of -- the Vineland. There might be
, but I don't know where. It is sad
see them go, but the memories are still