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Monday, March 29, 2010

Remember Drive-ins? Not The Food Ones- The Movies!


When I was a teen-ager, drive in movies were everywhere..mounds of dirt, all in a row, facing a gigantic outdoor screen, with speakers you attached to your window off poles. There would be a snack bar smack in the middle of this, serving fast food, soft drinks, with rest rooms attached to building. This is one of my stories..
Five guys(including me!) two in trunk, so they didn't have to pay, a football, and a quart of grape drink(really!)... we got there, and before dark and movie were throwing the football around..Rent a cop comes up and orders us to quit! We gave him some lip, and were told he could throw us out.. Got back in car, left grape drink in bag, and started passing it around so he could see us. They took the bait like a fish coming out of winter! Suddenly surrounded by rent a cops, they demanded the bag. I can still see him with his nose in the bottle confirming it was grape drink, and nothing more.. laughed our butts off!
Sunday I roasted a whole 6 lb. chicken, Salted cavity, packed it with a cut up navel orange, covered with poultry spices and rosemary, draped 6 slices of bacon over it for self basting, and cooked for 90 minutes at 330F. I removed bacon, which had rendered, and used liquid for basting bird for another 60 minutes. I removed it from oven and let rest 10 minutes before carving. Whole roasted chicken is my favorite way to have chicken- and one of the simplest! A side of leftover Alfredo pasta made a decent meal, with a minimum of work! The photo is of my sons Sunday "to go" plate- he works 1 mile from our house, and can't get away for dinner, so we bring it to him..

35 comments:

Al Penwasser said...

Ahhhh, the Candlelite Drive-In where I heard a lot of movies!

Robin said...

I was just talking about the drive in the other day with my kids and telling them of the time we put too many people in the trunk and they got stuck..Oh the good old days...too bad there aren't any around here any more...the orange in the chicken sounds great..got to try that...!

Marjie said...

The Candlewood Drive-In probably doesn't exist any more! The things "kids these days" are missing!

A friend stuffed 8 people in her Pinto once and only paid for 4. That car only holds 4, so there couldn't have been 8 people in that car, right? The fact that they were 16 and 17 year old girls probably didn't help the guy count accurately.

A Year on the Grill said...

so, where do kids go to make out these days...

Me, Starlight Drive - in Pekin, Illinois

Sigh... And where is Julie Hundemer these days, wonder if she thinks of me

Christiejolu said...

Hey we still have a drive in here in Tucson!

The food looks delicious!

Vickie said...

We did the kids-in-the-trunk act once, and the goofballs started yelling as we were paying at the ticket booth. Everyone in the backseat chimed in loudly to cover the mysterious voices - meanwhile the driver was trying to seal the deal and could barely talk above the backseat din. Good times. :)

The chicken sounds decadent - is there anything that meat candy (bacon) isn't good on?

Chris said...

I remember going to them with my family. The one movie I can actually remember was seeing The Green Berets. They still have a drive in movie about 15 minutes from our house in Maryville/Alcoa.

The grape drink trick was hilarious.

Chef E said...

Yep ours was the 'Gemini' off Central Expressway in Richardson. My family went there to see something, and I was hanging over the fence watching 'Two mules for sister sarah' with Eastwood, and saw my first rear end rated PG movie, my mom dragged us back to the car, lol!

In HS we saw Cheech and Chong movies with out our parents permission- that was about all I did wrong, then I wasn't bad, lol

The 'Chick' sounds great! I have used whole lemons, but now I have to try an orange...

Heff said...

Bacon rocks EVERYTHING.

buffalodick said...

Al- Many drive-in stories!
Robin- I figured half the people paid, and the other half didn't!
Marjie- Apparently we all did it!
Griller- Girls we didn't even know their names!
Christie- Still a few around, but not like back in the day!
Vick- twas fun! Chicken worked like mad!
Chris- You don't get to be a rent a cop by being a Rhodes scholar...
Chef- Everybody remembers the drive in!
Heff- Yes, it really does!

Dana said...

We still have a drive-in not too far from here. The kids look forward to going at least once every year!

buffalodick said...

Dana- Good to hear from you! The land was to valuable- all sold for business or sub divisions around here..

highlandsranchfoodie said...

Remember those crazy big ol clunky silver metal speakers??? I was in a tornado once at a drive-in (remember, I grew up in Kansas) and it was probably that big old heavy speaker that kept us from blowing away. :-)

Jeanne said...

There used to be an X-rated drive-in in Fairborn (where Wright-Patterson Air Force base is located). To this day I'm not sure how they got away with that.

Remember the intermission commercials? "Let's all go to the lobby. Let's all go to the lobby. Let's all go to the lobby, to get a 7-Up."

And that incredibly suggestive cartoon commercial with the hot dog jumping into the bun....

The Good Cook said...

The Starlight Drive In. First, as a little girl with my parents. My mom would pop Jiffy Pop at home and make a gallon of Kool-Aid. We would all go in our pajamas. The first movie was always kid fare and the second (double-feature) was adult fare. We would all have to fall asleep in the back of the station wagon for the second movie.

Later, as a teen, groups of us would all go with lawn chairs and hang out in the front row. Fun times. Definitely remember having to lay on the floor to "sneak" someone or two in...

What great memories you have evoked!

Pam said...

I remember seeing "The Exorcist" at the drive-in. Not a good idea.

Barbara said...

Oh yeah. Drive In movies. Remember them well. (or at least the ones I was paying attention to!)

blueviolet said...

You spoil your son...lucky guy!

I love your drive-thru joke. :)

Kate said...

I've shoved apples and onions in my turkeys and chickens, but never oranges. Will think on that one.

Tracey said...

I was a bad kid compared to you! I loved the story though. Yes, I do remember drive-ins! They rocked! Someone was always in the truck when we entered. I wonder why they're extinct.

I've never felt brave enough to cook a whole roasted chicken. Maybe one of these days I'll try it. Yum!

Green-Eyed Momster

Just telling it like it is said...

You had two guys in the trunk...I love it! I never did watch the movies though way to busy making out!!

John McElveen said...

You took me to the Starlight Drive in Theater in Plant City Florida, with us kids first on the roof, of the Old Ford Station Wagon, then sleeping soundly in the back during the Dusk to Dawn movies...how cool our parents took us. I too have been in the trunk, giddy with the thought of getting caught! And how great was the sound quality on those speakers? LOL!!!!!

They almost had to know it when your headlights were shining on the moon, that there were 2 or 3 in the trunk!!

GREAT POSY MY FRIEND--WHAT A TRIP--I THANK YOU BD!!!!

John

Eternally Distracted said...

I have never been to a drive-in :0(

Realliveman said...

Aaah, the drive-in. What fun! When I was growing up in Italy, the drive-in was the place to be.

It's so sad that they went the way of the Dodo bird.

Funny how flat, big screens are on the comback.

Chicken, bacon and Alfredo??
You are my hero, Buff! My hero, man!

sage said...

Reading about the roast chicken is making me hungry as it is lunch time... I enjoyed your story--I went to drive-ins with my parents (we seldom got to go for snacks, having out own). They's show a kids flick early (like Don Knott's in the Ghost in Mr. Chicken), later we'd sleep int he back seat and my parents would watch a more serious movie. i remember going to a few drive ins as a teenager--all of us laying on the ground by the car--but by then the drive-ins were on the way out...

buffalodick said...

Highlander- Somebody was always knocking a car out of "park" snapping the speaker wire off the pole..
Jeanne- Been to the Air Force Museum there! Annoying song that gets in your head!
Good Cook- Your memories are very similar to mine!
Pam- We double dated and saw the original "Night of the Living Dead"..girls were crying, and we had to leave!
Barb- Radio station here had a "dollar night" every week- all teenagers trying to hook up!
BlueV- It's only a few extra minutes every Sunday..
Kate- Keeps it moist and slight orange flavor comes thru..
Momster- Whole chicken is the easiest!
John- I thought there would be a few of us who remember!
E.D.- Wow!
RLM- Will use last of chicken today in nachos supreme!
sage- I think a lot of us have the same experiences..fun to wake them up and share!

TavoLini said...

Luckily, there was still a drive in in Detroit (Ford-Wyoming) and there still is one in Atlanta (Starlight).

I'll never, ever forget going to see a double feature of Gremlins and Ghostbusters. I was so scared I couldn't even call for my parents (I was sitting on the roof of the car)

buffalodick said...

Tavolini- We had about three in G.R...Do you remember Cinerama, with three projectors onto one screen down by Detroit?

MarmiteToasty said...

look, we have only resently had drive in McDonalds let alone a drive in film place lol.... I have seen them on old films though, funny strange places they be :)

x

Jen said...

I hear there's one in Tomball, which is not far from here. Instead of the speakers on the windows, you listen on your car radio.

Whole roasting chickens are cheaper, too. The only problem is that I'm not used to cooking chicken with the skin on. I'll try again soon.

Akelamalu said...

Haha you fooled those rentacops!

I've been supplying my inlaws with 'plates to go' every day for a week now.

buffalodick said...

Marmy- They were here and gone...
Jen- More flavor, and you don't have to eat the skin!
Ake- WE did it for my mom for a year..

The Blonde Duck said...

I've always wanted to go to a drive in. I still need to make a roasted chicken, but there's only two of us and Ben won't eat anything but white meat...

Heff said...

Culinary Smackdown info IS UP !

buffalodick said...

BlondD- Half my family likes dark, the other half, like white meat- works good!
Heff- I will check it out!