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Sep. 11th, 2007

Journey to Mars


'Smellovision' attempting a comeback

I bet this would work at a drive-in!

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'Smellovision' attempting a comeback
By ERIN CONROY, Associated Press Writer Mon Sep 10, 10:15 PM ET

BOSTON - Megan Dickerson always loved the rich colors and melodic scores of the film "Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory." But she also longed to experience the sweet scents of chocolate and schnozberries. A self-proclaimed multisensory artist, Dickerson is now trying to revive "Smellovision."

She's staged outdoor showings of "Willy Wonka" for hundreds of people and used oscillating fans and artificially scented oils to distribute aromas of blueberry pie and banana taffy during the film. With help from local art houses and the Boston Children's Museum, she plans to bring other films for sniffing to theaters this fall.

"There's been a crazy response to the movement," Dickerson said. "I guess there just aren't enough opportunities for wonder out there, but there's something nostalgic about this art action that makes you feel like a kid again."

Read on here-

Aug. 29th, 2007


Drive-Ins I have known

Growing up in central Illinois with a drive-in crazy dad gave me early exposure to the glorious ozoner.

Whether it was the Peoria Drive-In, the Pioneer Drive-In, the Holiday Drive-In, or the Starlite in Pekin, the majority of these movies were seen at one of these drive-ins.

When I worked in St. Louis for a little while, I recall riding past the Skyview on the wild bus ride through East St. Louis. If I had a car I would've checked it out, and avoided the bus.

Arriving in southern California in the late '80s, I was excited to find that the Torrance Drive-In was literally across the street. I was depressed to find that it had already been closed for years. I moved not very far north and would see the Centinela and the Studio on travels around the Culver City area.

Once I finally got a car and settled down with a family, we hit the 101 Drive-In on Telephone Road in Ventura. That was a nice d-i with a playground (a rarity at that point, what with insurance costs) and pleasant atmosphere. Unfortunately, it's no longer with us. I paid my last respects with a visit before it was laid to waste, and liberated a few Reed speakers.

Likewise, I took a trip out to the closed Simi Drive-In and salvaged a speaker pole, junction box (no speakers left), and a handful of marquee letters before it was leveled for housing.

Lately we've been enjoying outdoor movies at the Vineland (here's how it used to look)and the Mission Tiki.
More Mission Tiki here. And how it used to look when it was just the Mission, before facelift.

Aug. 24th, 2007


Trailer for a '70s film called DRIVE-IN

Aug. 9th, 2007


(no subject)

(Looks best on black background.)

Jul. 27th, 2007


Psst. Wanna buy a drive-in?

On eBay real estate as of this date, The Pipestem Drive-in Theater in West Virginia.

(no connection/not responsible!)


Jul. 4th, 2007


Downloadable drive-in intermission spots

Archive.org's Intermission Reels

Jun. 9th, 2007


Return to the Mission Tiki

We celebrated the boys' first eve of summer vacation with a trip to the Mission Tiki. We saw a double-feature of Surf's Up and Spiderman 3.

Plus, I took some pictures!

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Apr. 24th, 2007


Lunkenstein's D-I

Internet acquaintance Lunkenstein has a cool electronic drive-in on the 'net. Check out:


Jan. 21st, 2007

Journey to Mars


Martian Visitor - drive-in intermission trailer

They come from miles to enjoy our intermission!

Jan. 10th, 2007

Journey to Mars


Snack Bar Clock - intermission trailer

He's a hungry little guy!

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