Georgia Magazine - June 2019 - 20

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Drive-ins offer
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By Sarah Russell

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rive-in movies are an experience
unlike any other. Yet in Georgia
and throughout the nation, they
were once on the verge of becoming a
footnote to American culture. Many screens
went dark, unable to survive the competition from
digital technology and the rising costs of movie
distribution.
Atlanta's Starlight Drive-In Theatre, open since
1949, has been an exception. Small-town favorites
in Jesup, Blue Ridge and Tiger that alternately
sputtered and shuttered have successfully turned the projectors back on
for their communities. More
recently, screens came to
life for the first time at the
Wilderness Outdoor Movie
Theater in Trenton.
The digital technology that once hurt the
drive-ins now enhances
their first-run movies with
all of the visual and audio
clarity of the brick-andmortar theaters. A big draw
now is an intangible element
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"We believe that a movie isn't just a movie. Coming to the
drive-in is a whole entire experience," says Jamie Hickox.
She and her husband, Ralph, own the Jesup Drive-In Theatre in the town of the same name. At their theater, the carhops
in poodle skirts aren't on the screen in a 1950s movie; they are at
your car window, bringing you a burger and a root beer float, if
you like. The Jesup Drive-In Theatre's concession-stand classics
are joined by updated fare, such as the deep-fried Oreo sundae.
The drive-in has a multigenerational draw. Among the
regulars are older folks who want to introduce the experience to
others. Then there are the families who appreciate the
affordability and the safe, friendly atmosphere
for kids. Comfortably intermingled in all
this are the date-nighters, solo viewers
and an especially fun group from the
nearby Fort Stewart Army Base in
Hinesville.
"There's nobody in the world
more creative than soldiers.
They will bring their living-room
furniture and will set it out on the
ground to watch their movies,"
Jamie Hickox says with a laugh.
The Mayor Burger at the Swan Drive-In
Theatre in Blue Ridge comes with a knife
and fork-for good reason.


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