Jacob and I were reminiscing about going to the drive-in movies as kids when we realized that our kids had absolutely no idea what we were talking about. I did some research on drive-in theaters in North Carolina and discovered that while there were over 200 back in the 1950s, only 8 remain open today. The Bessemer City Kings Mountain Drive-In Theater is about an hour away from our house and we figured it would make a great surprise for the kids.
We picked up sandwiches at Jersey Mike's for dinner and headed for the movies. The kids were pretty confused on the drive out to Bessemer City but once we pulled up to the entrance they figured out what we were doing. We paid our $10 (for the whole car!!) and headed in to find a spot to park. Unlike the drive-ins in Arizona (10 screens and the whole place was like a parking lot), this drive-in had one screen-- that was slightly damaged from the storm earlier in the day-- and everywhere was grass and mud. Once we staked out our spot, Jacob rearranged the seats in the back so that the kids had room to spread out and lay down.
"It's Saturday night at the movies" and room for everyone to watch!
When we got everything situated it was time for dinner. The kids thought it was pretty cool to eat in the trunk and we sat outside in our camping chairs. About 20 minutes before the movie started another storm began to roll in. We ended up having to turn the van around, put all the seats back together and watch from inside as the rain poured down. While our evening didn't turn out exactly as expected, everyone had a great time and is looking forward to going back again soon!
Dinner in the trunk. Monsters University.