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Turner Classic Movies and the folks from the Deanza company continued their summer run of Sunday evening classic movies under the stars with a screening of Elvis Presley and And Margaret in Viva Las Vegas at the Mission Tiki Drive-In in Montclair California.
And what a turn out there was to behold. Elvis Presley can still pack the house. Projectionist Jeff Thurman made the announcement over the FM transmitter that on this night, the Mission Tiki was proud to announce that we were part of the largest crowd for these summer classic movie night. Every gave themselves a round of applause by tooting their horns and flashing their headlights.
And then it happened... The MGM logo appeared and the music kicked up and we all sat back to watch and listen to the King of Rock n' Roll move and groove alongside the sultry and swingin' Ann Margaret. If you couldn't make it there, well then you really missed a great night.
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The following is from Kathy Beyers, Co-Founder of the Southern California Drive-In Movie Society as she reflects on her experience traveling out to the high desert of Barstow California...
We hit the road about 11am and the drive to Barstow took just under 2 hours. We checked into our motel and headed over to Yermo to have lunch at the nearby Peggy Sue's Diner, then visited the Route 66 museum and met up with the rest of DIMS for a nice dinner before heading over to the drive-in.
The Skyline Drive-In is one of my favorite theaters. As the sun goes down, the twinkling lights of Barstow appear behind the main screen for a truly spectacular sight. Both screens offer Technalight projection and the audio quality is excellent. The snackbar has great food and a friendly staff (Flicks candy anyone?), and the restrooms have always been clean. If the nearby Harvey House is the Casa del Desierto, the Skyline is the Diamond of the Desert - what a gem!
Randy Shull really knows how to run a theater - he has the experience and dedication to make this drive-in a first class operation. He took a few minutes to chat with our group and told us an amazing story about an opening night promotion he did a few years back, and SoCalDIMS will hopefully post the full story in the coming months. I have never heard of any theater anywhere doing what he did, and I wish I could have been there!
I always stop at the Skyline for a movie whenever I'm on my way to (and from) Vegas. The Skyline sits just off the 15 and is within sight of historic Route 66. Barstow is a wonderful little town, with great places to eat and a couple of museums that were very interesting. The Motel 6 there is very quiet and has always been a great place to stay.
Our group had a wonderful time - I think we'll be making many more trips to the Skyline Drive-In and Barstow!
- Kathy Beyers.
|Posted on May 18, 2009 at 2:18 PM||comments (0)|
SoCalDIMS founding member and blogger Dennis Cozzalio,
creator of Sergio Leone and the Infield Fly Rule
has put together an exciting event at the Mission Tiki
on May 30th.
For more information on the event visit Dennis' blog at:
The event has also receievd additional internet press from
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Director Joe Dante and a slew of his talented friends, namely John Landis and Edgar Wright and Eli Roth and so on and so on, have come together on a very special website that celebrates Movie Trailers. Each week we are treated to classic trailers from guilty pleasures such as Creature From the Black Lagoon or the House on Haunted Hill. From time to time we will try to embed select trailers from this great website. It's a whole lot of fun and we recommend you pay it a visit. Here is this weeks release. The trailer for 1974's The Towering Inferno.
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