Q1: Why do you think people choose to view movies at the drive-ins rather than an indoor shopping plaza cinema?
I think it’s all about privacy. People who like talking loudly to their friends while others are trying to listen, or answering their phone and continuing a long conversation while others are trying to watch, these things can be avoided in the comfort of your own car. Then you get to have the experience of a cinema outing and the only person you annoy is yourself!
Q2: Have you noticed any changes/ technical advancements in the way drive-ins operate since you have worked in the industry?
Yes. Probably the most obvious one was the use of the bulky speakers which were usually broken and let in the cold air in winter, that have been replaced by tuning into the radio. Another is the use of mobile phones! Customers are able to text their order to the candy bar and have it delivered to their vehicle instead of having to get out, make sure their car was secure and venture to the candybar booth.
Q3: What do you think makes drive-ins so special? (particularly for couples)
For me, it’s the old-fashioned nature of it all. It always seems to be so romantic. And what could be more romantic than the three most lovely things combined: snuggling up beneath a blanket, stargazing and watching a good film.