52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History, Week 12: Movies

Week 12: Movies. Did (or do you still) see many movies? Describe your favorites. Where did you see these films? Is the theater still there, or is there something else in its place?

This challenge runs from Saturday, March 19, 2011 through Friday, March 25, 2011.

I was born in 1976, so my childhood was spent in the 80’s.

I watched movies like The Goonies, Labyrinth, The Neverending Story, The Karate Kid, and the best movie ever made – The Princess Bride.  That movie has the best quotes ever in my opinion.  My husband and I use them often and we’ve passed them on to our kids.

We didn’t go to the movies much when I was younger.  I was the oldest of 4 and taking that many kids to the theater is expensive (trust me I know now that I have 5 of my own!).

I think that I was about 7 or 8 when we got our very first VCR.  The magic of VHS.  We could watch movies at home!  And we did – a lot!.  We would head down to the local movie rental store and grab a few on weekends, but we mostly just watched the movies that we owned – over, and over, and over again.

One thing that we did do once in a while is head to the drive-in.  Cheaper rates, you could easily bring your own food, and get comfy in your car (or more often in the back of a truck on a mattress). Plus, it was always a double feature, so more bang for your buck!

Amazingly, that drive-in is still open.  When I went back to visit my family this past summer, I took all of my kids to the movies.  I just made sure that I parked next to the bathrooms. 🙂  I wish that there were more drive-ins still around.  They seem to be dying out, don’t they?

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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