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Weekly Photo Challenge – Relic

A Relic within a Relic

The Relic


the view looking northwest

relic 1

the view looking east

The Relic within a Relic

relic 2

the new and the old

relic 3

old screen, new sign, new ivy, old ivy, deceased ivy

I hope I am not cheating for this week’s photo challenge.  I typically choose one photo, but this week I simply could not resist…

 I live a few miles from one of the last drive-in theatres in the Chicagoland area.  I will even be as bold to say that this is one of the last few drive-in theatres in the US of A.  The McHenry Outdoor Theatre has been around for a very long time – built in 1955 – and in this day and age of the Cineplex, indoor theatres which can show over 30 films on over 30 different screens at any given time, this relic within a relic is extremely rare.

When I was a child growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, going to the drive-in was common place.  There was nothing more exciting than playing on the swing set at the foot of the screen, eating popcorn and Snowcaps in the front seat of the car, while wrapped up in my favorite blanket and hugging my stuffed animal.  Now, I do the same thing but I drive the car.  The boys and I make a picnic dinner, bring the folding chairs, tiny table, blankets and pillows.  By the middle of the movie, we are snuggled in the hatchback of the car, lying on our stomachs under blankets stuffing Junior Mints and Milkduds in our mouths.

The McHenry Outdoor Theatre truly signifies a past that no longer exists, but a past that still lingers for many of us and a future for some of us who still love going to the drive-in.



July 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm 9 comments

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