There are two sure signs that spring is right around the corner,
The first: Time "springs forward" by one hour this weekend.
The Second: The season reopening of the first of Kansas City’s three Drive-In Theaters.
The big I-70, 4-screen Drive-In kicks off the 2011 season with weekend operation this Friday, March 11th.
Kansas City’s other two drive-ins, the Twin and Boulevard, will follow three weeks later by bringing back movies under the stars on April 1st.
Kansas City is one of the strongest markets for the outdoor motor movie emporiums in the Midwest. hicago, Denver and St. Louis screen counts combined don’t equal KC’s!
Between the I-70, Twin and Boulevard, Kansas City still offers seven first run drive-in screens which are sold out many nights during the summer season.
They’re a great value for the entertainment buck by always offering two current hit movies for less than the ticket price of just one at the indoor theaters. Adult admission price remains at $8.00 – even on the weekends – and kids age 11 and under are free!
Plus, drive-in patrons no longer have to listen through the speakers that used to hang onto car windows.
Today, simply tune your car radio to the drive-in’s radio frequency and receive sound quality as good as your car radio’s output.
In the case of the I-70 Drive-In, four different frequencies (one per screen) output the movies’ soundtracks while at the Twin, two frequencies provide sound to the cars.
Frequencies are posted at the theaters.
The Boulevard’s FM radio signal is delivered via a DTS sound system.
Of course, for those still preferring the traditional drive-in speaker experience, they’re still around and available on every speaker post.
Daryl Smith of Smith Management, operator of the I-70 and Twin drive-ins, predicts a big 2011 season for the Ozoners.
"We’re looking forward to surefire hits like Thor; the next Pirates of the Caribbean adventure,;The Hangover 2; Green Lantern; X-Men: First Class; Cars 2; Transformers: Dark of the Moon; and the conclusion to the Harry Potter franchise.
"We’re planning on showing them all," Smith said.
"They should bring out the families in droves this summer."
The I-70 Drive-In’s reopening double feature programs for this weekend are:
Screen 1: Battle: Los Angeles and Green Hornet
Screen 2: Gnomeo and Juliet and I Am Number Four
Screen 3: Just Go With It plus No Strings Attached
Screen 4: Y ogi Bear and Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son