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Though a dying breed, drive-ins live off memories


Heather Caliendo July 26th, 2007

Bob Eurfinger has worked in the movie theater business for 30 years and now helps manage the Winchester Drive-In Theatre at 6930 S. Western, which has been open since 1965 and is Oklahom...

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Bob Eurfinger has worked in the movie theater business for 30 years and now helps manage the Winchester Drive-In Theatre at 6930 S. Western, which has been open since 1965 and is Oklahoma City's last remaining drive-in.

"We have lots of people that are second- and third-generation who come in," he said. "What's surprising is two to four cars (full of people) will want to shake my hand. They're so happy to see we're still here. It isn't something that you would expect."

Two more drive-ins are located around the metro: the Chief in Chickasha and the Beacon in Guthrie. In an era where people can watch movies on their cell phones, some strive to reminisce.

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Megan Meltzer, a Winchester employee, said she sees older couples come in to revisit memories.

"One time this one couple said that their first date was at this drive-in, and they came back all these years later to remember it," she said. "It was really cute."

Increasing ticket prices at regular movie theaters are no secret, but the drive-in allows audiences to watch two to three first-run movies for the price of one.

Jim Ingle said he prefers the drive-ins because of their cheap entertainment.

"It's not crowded and I don't have to deal with someone kicking my seat or knocking my soda pop over," Ingle said. "I can roll up my windows if there are kids screaming." "Heather Caliendo

 
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