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David Melson

Picturing the Past 203: 41 Drive-In burns

Posted Friday, August 8, 2014, at 3:06 PM
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  • What a memory that place was... after all these years I guess I can now confess that we snuck a few folks in by trunk back in the day...I remember watching a movie called "The Other Side of Midnite" and possibly saw "The Love Bug" with Herbie the VW bug if my memory serves me right....those were the days...it was definitely after the rebuild for sure...I never knew it had burned at one time.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sat, Aug 9, 2014, at 10:21 PM
  • I don't imagine you hear the movie but it surely had to creak and groan in the wind.

    When you come or go, do the movie goers see you? Not much privacy there. I hope the rent was cheap.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Sun, Aug 10, 2014, at 9:18 AM
  • There was a post at every other parking spot with wired speakers that hooked to the top edge of your roll down car windows...and a car on the other side of the post doing the same....I remember the sound being decent. The concession stand was in the middle of the lot for movie style treats of popcorn and such...At that teenage time in my life my windows stayed fogged up a lot from usually too many friends in the car, but very little privacy for sure but never paid it much mind...there were always someone walking through the lot or setting out in lawn chairs at times....we always double dated on Friday nights and a lot of the time it sold out or filled up quick so you had to get there a little early for the good spots...there were several of us that went a lot, so friends or someone you knew were normally pulled up on the other side of your post.

    -- Posted by chefgrape on Sun, Aug 10, 2014, at 8:33 PM
  • I took Carolyn Noah to a drive-in movie the day I was 16 years old; December 20, 1962. I was driving our family 1957 Buick. It snowed and we slid all over the road, but made it home safely!

    -- Posted by Gene Wells on Wed, Aug 13, 2014, at 8:21 AM
  • I took Carolyn Noah to a drive-in movie Dec 20, 1962 (my 16th birthday). David, do you remember football practice at Jr. High when I told you to be more "AGGRESSIVE", and the very next play, you BIT David Suggs?

    -- Posted by Gene Wells on Sat, Aug 16, 2014, at 7:48 AM
  • The very first movie I can recall seeing at the 41-A was the Robert Mitchum classic "Thunder Road" (as a very young child) the last was Star Wars. When I was still a young child about a thousand years ago, Dad & Mom would load us all up in the car and take us to the drive in about once a month. Now those were some good times!

    -- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Aug 17, 2014, at 1:55 PM
  • Wandering if the Gene Wells who posted above knows My SMS friends Charles and Bonnie Wells.

    In high school I went to the 41 Drive In many times, a time or two in the trunk of the car.

    During college I worked there with my cousin Ronald Watley. Cooked hamburgers and fries, Ronald even taught me to run the projector.

    -- Posted by Billy Hall on Mon, Dec 29, 2014, at 6:33 PM
  • David,

    I bought the Old Clarence Lamb Dealership building at 1210 Madison St. and am trying to decide on some remodeling issues regarding the exterior look. The building was built in 1948 - 1959 and was owned by William Clinton Rucker who operated Commonwealth Cedar or Pencil Company.

    I am trying to find some pictures of the original building as well as some pictures of when Clarence Lamb had his dealership there. Do you happen to know if the TG has any old photos? I went to the Library today and only found one pure shot of the dealership in an ad in an old city directory. I also went through several of the Bedfore County Historical books.

    -- Posted by lprice46 on Sat, Sep 2, 2017, at 4:06 PM
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