Fireside Chats: A Night at the Drive-In

I’m not being hyperbolas. It was a genuine godsend for me to discover that there was an operational drive-in movie theater within driving distance for me, and that this theater would be showing this past weekend not one but two brand spanking new first-run Horror movies straight off their Indy debuts. After two months of not having any kind of entertainment of the sort, I had no problem, no problem at all, making the considerable road trip to get there. And if they show more movies that I want to see, I’ll go back again next weekend.

Going to a drive-in is a blast of nostalgia anyway, even if one never experienced the grand age of drive-ins. By the time I made my entrance onto the world stage, that age was coming to an end. But like any history buff, I have no problem appreciating, psychically projecting myself, even, back to a different time, to experience it vicariously. And in addition to its being a drive-in period, in a day when drive-ins are rare, visiting the King Drive-In in Russellville, Alabama is like stepping—or driving—back in time. The place, the oldest in the State, I learned, one of the oldest in the country, opened in 1949. It looks like it hasn’t changed at all since then, except maybe the screen has been repainted a few times. They no longer have audio boxes for a patron to hang from his car window—the movie is now broadcast over your radio—but the baskets that held those speakers is still there. And the projector these days is digital.

I met the owner, a lovely old man, who was the guy at the gate taking tickets. Nostalgia at its most potent. A beautiful warm night under the stars, watching a couple of movies. Horror movies, at that. And good ones! (Read my reviews on both of them here on this site this week.) Like I said, a godsend.

By The Evil Cheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (,, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at


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