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The Second Coming of the Drive-In

An American entertainment tradition breathes new life as Drive-In theaters are reimagined, adding upscale services and new possibilities—even a place to smoke
By Larry Olmsted | From The Bond Legacy, July/August 2020
The Second Coming of the Drive-In
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Charleton Heston commands the attention of moviegoers in hundreds of parked cars. It was 1958 and Drive-In theaters were in their heyday.
Something magical occurred while I was viewing the movie Contact years ago at a Drive-In theater. As I watched a scene in which the camera pans up to star-filled space, the edges of the screen melted away, merging into the background of the actual crystal-clear starry night sky of Vermont. In that moment, the entire heavens became my own personal big screen, a theater of truly epic proportions.  That word “magical” gets used a lot when talking about Drive-Ins—and for very good reason. “There’s something magical about sitting under the stars on a pretty night watching a movie,” says Glenn Solomon, owner of Coyote Drive-In in Ft. Worth, Texas, one of the nation’s …
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