By A.B. Chesler, author and blogger
I’m pretty sure my love for the movies started at the drive-in theaters. As the child of a single mom, luxuries were few and far between.
But, almost every weekend, we would pack an ice chest full of goodies and take advantage of the “kids watch free" policy. Snuggled up in the back of our station wagon, we would gorge on snacks and listen to the double feature through the tinny radio. It was 1980s family bonding at its finest.
Times have obviously changed, and drive-ins are pretty much extinct. So, when I won the perfect prize package from DVD Netflix, I had to try to recreate the magic for my own little movie buffs. And, to my surprise, it was beyond easy!
All you need for an at-home drive-in movie is:
- 1 projector
- 1 screen (or large white sheet)
- 1 car (pictured here is a repurposed garage sale find - an immobile Power Wheels - but you can use anything from a cardboard box to a storage tub)
- DVD or Blu-ray player
- DVD Netflix subscription
- Snacks (leftover Halloween candy, whaaat??)
- Extension cord (if necessary)
Directions to make a box car: Tape the bottom of the box closed, then paint the outside whatever color you desire. Cut off all but one top flap. Paint a windshield and/or eyes on the flap, tape it in an upwards position. Adhere black plates on the side for wheels. Line the bottom of the box with a pillow and or blanket, and enjoy!
Your new setup is the perfect activity for those painfully long post-Daylight Savings Times days. If it’s too cold outside, you can always move your fun indoors.
And, when the kids go down, you’ve got the date night that keeps on giving with DVD Netflix (like we did with Hitchcock's Vertigo last night!). So go on and set up your cinema and add some of the Top 100 rented movies to your queue.
Amy Chesler is an author, content creator, blogger, and family woman from Los Angeles, California. Her most recent publications include four different contributions in six different Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies, as well as her first solo children’s book, A Man and His Books. Follow her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/abchesler), Twitter (@abcauthor), or Instagram (@abc_author) for updates, giveaways, and much more!