Ruby, and young son enjoy visits to the Earlville drivein. They go several times each season. Crossman believes the time spent at the outdoor theater creates unforgettable experiences and the mom explained she enjoys the “family time together” going there. She said, “The Earlville Drive-In makes for good memories for a pretty low price. It is a real piece of Americana. You just can’t beat it. We love watching movies here.” During a recent visit, Ryan Chambers played a game of catch with his son, Christopher, before sunset and the start of the movies. Christopher, 8, said he loves going to the drive-in. “We can see the movies here before they come out on DVDs,” he said. “We can sit in the car and chill with the family and sometimes, with friends.”
Route 34 Drive-In moviegoers can park beside a pair of speakers (shown above), then wait for the sun to set and the film to begin. Christopher’s mother, Kim, said she remembers her folks taking her to the Earlville movies. “Coming here always reminds me of my childhood.” A few speaker poles down the lane, Chris and Amber Evans, of Spring Valley, watched their children, Trinitee, Addison and
Jackson run up and down the green lanes in a race in front of the giant screen. “My parents brought me here when I was a kid,” Amber said, “so my husband and I always to come to Earlville for family adventures. I’m sure our kids will remember being here like I do with my folks.” Watching his kids tripping
and falling in the soft grass, Chris said going to a regular show is so expensive these days. “Here at the drive-in, we can bring our own snacks and get comfortable by taking seats out of our van and get cozy with the kids under blankets. Hanging out with the family doesn’t get any better than coming here.” As I jot down notes and thoughts for this article watching families set up lawn chairs and blankets, I pause to stand outside my car for the National Anthem, which Magnoni plays nightly to start every show. Many others throughout the green acreage, young and old, stand with hands over hearts. Back in the car, I grab some popcorn, sip from a sweet Green River soda and settle in for an exciting double feature. And, for a moment in my mind, I’m 5 years old again, in my PJs, watching a driveS R in movie with my dad. C
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