'X-Men Origins: Wolverine" opens this Friday and promises to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the season. But while the movie can be seen pretty much anywhere nationwide, it might be worth checking it out at a Lowcountry theatre that mixes nostalgia and fun.
The Highway 21 Drive- In in Beaufort is one of two South Carolina drive- in theatres still surviving in a state that once hosted 79.
Using the advertising slogans "a blast from the past" and "memories for tomorrow," the folks at the Highway 21 Drive-In understand that the experience they offer is indeed nostalgic.
But the appeal of the theater isn't nostalgia alone. On a warm spring or summer evening, watching the latest Hollywood blockbuster from the comfort of your vehicle can be quite a treat, and a reminder that there was a good reason that drive-ins were once an integral part of American popular culture.
Beginning Friday, the theater will be open nightly, where, to quote another of its ad slogans, "the stars will come out at night," including the much-anticipated new offering from Hugh Jackman.
In addition to popcorn, the Highway 21 Drive-In concession stand offers a sizeable menu of burgers, hot dogs, nachos and fountain drinks. Being in South Carolina, they also offer sweet tea.
The year 2008 marked the 75th anniversary of the drive-in theatre, and at the Highway 21 Drive-In Beaufort, the time-honored pastime remains an all-American and family-friendly affair.
And if you've never had the pleasure of the outdoor movie experience, or it's been years, take a step back in time to see the hottest movies of today right here in our own Lowcountry backyard.
55 Parker Dr., Beaufort.
$6 for adults; $2 for children ages 5-12. Free for children 4 and under. $5 for military. $5 for seniors 65 and over.
Arrive between 7 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights to find the best parking spot. Gates and concessions open at 7 p.m. Movies start at 8:15 p.m.
Source: "Movies by moonlight: Beaufort's Highway 21 Drive In honors the past with present-day movies" By Jack Hunter -The Post and Courier. Read full article at: http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/apr/30/leis80458/