Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Movies Under the Stars

If you're really fussy about your movie viewing, skip the drive-in. On the other hand, if you want a taste of the ultimate summer experience, you are in luck my friend. In a world where most drive-ins have been wiped off the map, the Capital Region is outdoor movie heaven. You can hit any number of drive-ins within a half hour or so of State and Pearl, so stop complaining about the heat and drag your sorry butt outside to see a movie.

In case you haven't been there in a while, nobody sits in the car anymore ---it's all lawn chairs and coolers and backward parked mini-vans, where kids in pajamas lie in the back watching the movie under the open hatchback. Bring bug spray or risk being eaten alive by the mosquitos. Closest to Albany would be Glenmont's Jericho Drive-In, which sports the world's stinkiest bathrooms; the best area drive-in I've been to is the Hollywood in Averill Park, which is worth the trip acrsoss the river. It's well run, the projector is nice and bright, and the rest rooms don't reek like the gates of hell.

Not to sound like a criminal, but for old times sake, why not sneak at least one person in with you? I know it's summer, but how hot could the trunk of your car get at night?