The delights of the drive-in

By Pamela Brownstein

I don’t know what it is about going to the drive-in movie theater, but it’s a positively transporting experience. Before the movie starts, this familiar scene unfolds: families and friends sit and laugh together, kids run around merrily, boys throw footballs, the smell of popcorn and fried comfort foods fills the air. It’s reminiscent of a simpler time.

Once the movie starts, it’s all about eating snacks and being captivated by the giant screen. If you sneak a peek upward, you can’t miss the covering of stars above, which adds to the beauty of your surroundings.

My husband and I recently had date night at the drive-in. We went to see “Kung Fu Panda 2” and “Thor,” not because we were particularly interested in those movies (although both were entertaining), but because we hadn’t been to the drive-in since last summer. And I forgot how much I love it!

At $6 per adult for two movies, the price just can’t be beat. I almost feel bad about paying so little (almost!). We always make up for it though by raiding the awesome, old school snack bar. Popcorn, soda, candy, cheese fries, hot dogs, funnel cake — it’s easy to go overboard, but it’s a totally worthy calorie fest.

Joe and Bonnie Barth have owned the Highway 21 Drive In for eight years. The theater requires a lot of upkeep, and other family members are there to help at night after their day jobs. One of the family members, Don Seagraves, said, “We really give it 110 percent.”

Their efforts pay off, especially during the summer when people flock from all over the Lowcountry to see the blockbusters hit the screens. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this fun, unique opportunity. Be sure to bring bug spray, chairs and a reliable portable radio. Or you can stay in your car, like we did for date night, there’s something very romantic about it.

Soak in the entire experience. With so few drive-in theaters left in the country, it’s just another reason I love calling Beaufort home.

For more information, visit www.hwy21drivein.com.For more information, visit www.hwy21drivein.com.



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