My good friend the Mountain Man has an excellent post celebrating the existence while mourning the passage of the Bright Leaf Drive-in in Mt. Airy, NC. While they’re definitely an endangered species, they aren’t quite extinct yet.
“We might see a car load of girls and holler at each other. None of us was overly polished in the social arena,” said Hall, 77, a former Belmont City Council member. “It was sort of a community gathering place on warm summer evenings.”
I still remember going to the drive-in when I was a kid. For us, it was the old Midway Drive-in between High Point and Thomasville. The first movie I can really remember from then was John Wayne’s “Big Jake”. That’s probably what set the stage for me to be a big fan of The Duke.
Even though I missed out on a trip to the Bright Leaf, I have another relatively close by, the Badin Road Drive-in. Those warm summer evenings are almost here….