Drive-in theaters are making their return and FM transmitters are at the core. They make drive-in movies cost-effective and as the price of operation plummets…more and more open up. In my opinion, it’s great to have another venue to watch our favorite movies.
DRIVE-IN MOVIE RETURNING TO KALISEUM
By MATT KEETON
The third drive-in movie event this summer at the Kaliseum will take place at dusk on Friday, July 27, and will feature “Mirror Mirror,” starring Julia Roberts.
The drive-in movies are free to attend, though donations are accepted. Donations go toward purchasing new equipment, such as the new, larger vinyl screen which on which the last movie was shown, as well as an FM transmitter, allowing moviegoers to receive movie audio through their car speakers when tuned to a certain channel, which will be used for the first time during this event.
The film rental fee, which stands at around $300 per movie, is funded by sponsorships, according to information provided by event organizers. The July 27 drive-in movie is sponsored by Wolfe-O’Neill Funeral Home of Kalkaska.
The drive-in movie events would not be possible without volunteer efforts, said Sue Brackenbury, who helps to organize the event. She said that, in particular, Damien Allen and Mickey Miller, who own Obscurrus Diem Productions, and Christal and Glenn Frantz of Kalkaska, have played an integral role in keeping the events up and running.
Allen said that the drive-in movies are an opportunity for the community to get together and have fun suitable for all ages.
“We do it for the community,” Allen said. “It’s just a way for families to get together and enjoy it as a community.”
Films shown so far this year include “Hook,” “The Goonies,” and “Despicable Me.” The movie selections are always family-friendly, Brackenbury said.
Two more movies are scheduled to be shown this summer, one on Aug. 10 and another on Aug. 24. A sponsor has been lined up for the Aug. 10 showing, though no movie has been selected at this time, Brackenbury said. She said that the Aug. 24 movie has not yet received a sponsor.
Article Courtesy of: Morning Star Publishing
Do you remember hot summer nights spent in the car at the drive-in theater.
Those were some of my favorite memories…I hope drive-in theaters storm back and they litter Americana once again. They add a special spice to summer you just don’t get anymore.
Remember how people would honk on their horns as dark approached in anticipation, man the memories come racing back, the more you try to rekindle those days. Hopefully, we can bring back drive-in’s with the use of FM Transmitters.