I don’t know if looking at this photo made me nostalgic or nostalgia came so I looked at this picture. Either way today I am thinking about the past.
I took this photo of the Park Drive-In. It seems like only a few years ago. It sat outside of Maysville, KY on a hilltop on Route 11 before descending into town. I would pass by this old drive-in on my weekly commutes between Highland Heights and West Liberty. It seems like only a few years ago but in reality it was taken about twenty years ago. I liked the Peter Bogdonavich-Last Picture Show kind of effect it had when I developed it. (Yes it was actually shot on Tri-X film and developed and printed in my dark room, before being reborn into the digital world).
I never saw a movie here but every time I drove by and saw the remains, I would think about all of the teenagers and adults that enjoyed an evening at the drive-in and how it was another part of my generation’s past that was slowly slipping away. And I would always think about going to our drive-in outside of West Liberty.
At one time West Liberty actually had two drive-in theaters. We had the West Liberty Drive-In and the Morgan Drive-In. The funny thing is, there is not much flat land in our area that wasn’t used for farming, so these drive-ins were located in bottom land of the Licking River. More times than not, my movie experience included watching the last half of the movie through a thick fog. If you factor in trying to hear through bad window speakers, my movie experience is not too different now.
My dad always told me that listening to that loud Gary Puckett music would make me go deaf.
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