Thursday, May 21, 2015

Life List: I Fully Support Your Avenging

I've wanted to go to a drive-in movie for literally years. YEARS. There was one in Oklahoma City when I was living there, but for some reason in four years of college, I never once made the trip up there.

I'm not even totally sure why I was SO into the idea. I mean, the only time I'd ever even seen anything about drive-in movies was this:

Why was there a swingset in front of the movie screen in Grease?

It just seemed so quaint! Like going back in time.

Anyway, we discovered that there was a drive-in theater nearby, and so Matt suggested we go see The Avengers: Age of Ultron when it was playing last weekend.

We got there pretty early and there was already a line of cars pulled along the side of the road waiting to get into the gates before they opened. Once we got in and got our tickets, a sign directed us to park in the back three rows because we were in a truck.

We picked the first of the back three rows to get closer to the screen.

Once we parked, we made for the snack bar. Typical snack-bar foods. I can't say I was super impressed by the options, but we had brought a small cooler's worth of food in with us too, so we had plenty of snacks for the movie.

You can see in the photo above that they even had those audio boxes you hang on your window! I tried to use the one next to us, but it wasn't working. I'm not sure if they're supposed to work, or if the theater stopped using them since you can now play the audio over your car speakers by tuning into a specific radio station.

They didn't show any previews, which was fine by me, but there also weren't any cute, old pre-show snack-bar ads like Grease had, either. Oh well.

I hadn't seen the first Avengers movie, nor any of the movies of any of the other superheroes involved, with the exception of the first Iron Man. So I didn't really have any expectations for the movie. But I thought it was pretty good. There were a lot of explosions, and you had to ignore the reality of some pretty big things like gravity and science, but it was entertaining, and I was just excited to be there. :)

It was a lot of fun, and definitely a different experience! Matt thinks that once we trade my truck in — likely before next winter, because there were times I thought I might die in Esmeralda this past winter — if I end up with a smaller car, we should come back and park in one of the rows further up. Even though there weren't that many rows, we were still far enough back that he had some trouble seeing the details of the movie, with his bad eyesight. (I thought it was fine where we were, but I would have liked to sit closer too.)

Have you been to a drive-in theater? And here's my real question: Who would win in a fight, the Avengers or the X-Men? (I had this conversation with Matt the other morning. He said Thor would destroy the X-Men because he was basically all powerful. I said Magneto would destroy Thor, and Iron Man and Captain America too. He said Magneto wasn't actually one of the X-Men, but either way, Hulk would destroy Magneto. What say you?)


  1. I have never been to a drive-in theater but i really want to. Hopefully soon !
    Hmmmm i think the X-Men would win because their members have more powerful powers (i.e. Storm controls weather, Wolverine is immortal, etc...)

  2. You should, it was a fun experience!

    I cited Wolverine and Storm in my argument too, but Matt still thought the Avengers would win. But really, without their weapons and gadgets, the Avengers would be in trouble, while the mutants would be just fine!

  3. Katie @ A Beautiful Little AdvMay 27, 2015 at 10:23 AM

    I used to go to a drive in back in HS, they'd do a double feature, so you'd see two movies in a row. It was fun!

  4. My nerdery can't even answer this question because Scarlet Witch and Quiksilver are actually in the X-Men universe, but appeared in Avengers: The Age of Ultron. But you would think that mutants have more power because they are naturally evolved. But they have weaknesses too. And yes, Magneto is a mutant, but he is not an X-man.

  5. That's awesome! They only did a single feature the night we went (but Avengers was a 2+ hour movie), but maybe they do double features in the summer?

  6. LOL. I didn't realize they were actually X-Men characters! I am clearly not up to date on my superheroes.

  7. I love the drive-in! It always surprises me when people say they have never gone, because I went a bunch growing up. The one we usually went to did have a swing set and sometimes play those old commericals :)
    And Jordan says the Avengers would win no question!

  8. I grew up in the Dallas area, and if there was a drive-in around, I never knew about it. But I also can't really say we went to very many movies when we were kids either, so if there was one, it might have just been that my parents weren't interested.

  9. I grew up in Illinois, so I have no idea about Dallas :) But it seemed like the drive-in was definitely a thing up north!

  10. I'm awful at directions, but if I'm remembering correctly, there was a drive-in somewhere off Western in south OKC? Just in case you're interested in going for old time's sake. :)

  11. Yeah, when I mentioned the drive-in to Jordan, he said he knew where one was. He's never been either! You southern people ;)

    *Amanda* | The Lady Okie Blog

  12. This looks like so much fun!! I've always wanted to go to a drive-in theatre too. There was one close to where I lived growing up, and my friends and I vowed that when we got our drivers licenses, we would go there. But guess what year it closed? SO, hopefully somehow, somewhere there will be a drive-in theatre in my future too! As for Avengers vs Xmen…I don't think I know enough about Xmen to answer fairly, so I'm going to have to say Avengers!