A New "Old" way to enjoy the summer's movies: Outdoors
There is nothing like a night at the Drive-In. Really. If you've never experienced it, you need to. If you thought they were all gone and only memories of the past - thankfully, you're wrong.
In our Southern Wisconsin area, there are two drive-in theatres still in operation to my knowledge:
The Highway 18 Outdoor in Jefferson. and
The Sky-Vu Outdoor in Monroe.
Both theatres feature first-run double-features presented in classic style. Both have the classic drive-in refreshment stands including food like burgers, hot dogs and pizza (The pizza at the Sky Vu is "to die for".)and there are clean restroom facilities.
Just be sure to bring along some bug spray, maybe a light jacket, and possibly some lawn chairs if you want to sit outside your vehicle.
These days, the sound arrives to your vehicle via your FM Radio, although the Jefferson Highway 18 Outdoor does have some actual old-style window speakers in their front rows to complete your experience. But if you want to sit on chairs or a blanket with a boombox, that works great, too.
Years ago, there were a lot of drive-ins: 20 years ago one could still see movies outdoors at The Belford near Rockford, The 41-Twin in Milwaukee, The Badger 4-Plex in Madison and many others. While many are gone, there are still several operating Drive-Ins in Wisconsin, and they make great summer weekends. You can find a list of open drive-ins at the Drive-Ins Website. And if you're really getting into this whole Drive In thing -- check out a lot of Wisconsin Drive-In history and information at The Drive In Thru Wisconsin site.
I hope to run into you sometime at one of these true Wisconsin Treasures. Just to whet your appetite, why not take a little "intermission" right now to plan your outing.
By Tim Bremel