Sunset Drive-in.. Ahmedabad
Firstly thnks to everyone who has started such a beautiful and romantic nostalgic discussion on theaters but in all post till now drive in was missing and without discussion or knowing it the whole discussion i assume not organic whole or complete.
(below image shows the gigantic screen)
The best movie experience one can have… under the natural enviorment ..observing sunset ..and slowly the screen lighting up..it always magical for me.. Nowhere in India i suppose the same exist as of now (in mumabi it was there earlier but it was flop).. bringing the carpet and pillows and home made food and farsan and water and relaxing under the nature. The walks before the movie starts. its size and lenght always amazes it me. its located at prime place in ahmedabad where if u sell this plot it will be amonmg costliest place in ahmedabad i guess and i was always worried that one day it will be sold after emergence of multiplex culture but it survived and how.
Between i should share i still go to drive in in my fiat (the taxi model of mumbai) and both make me fall in love with cinema as usually i dont take carpet or chair but i relax on my fiat padmini and watch the movie.
Interesting fact-if u are leaving in the flat exactly next to drive in one can see the movie from balcony though voice may not come. my friend had once told a tale of seen it once in this manner and i guess it was some akshay actioner of 90s. really uniquely free cinema.
A bad experience of course like everything else it has got old now and how. Guess what i had gone to see bunty or babli in Drive in. And what did i found. The screen was a bit poorer quality but the real thing is when a retro typical never before heard song started some stupid black and not clearly identifiable face was dancing ..slowly i found tune catchy and after a minute i realize it was Ashwarya rai bachan who was looking shyam in colour because of poor maintainace of the screen i guess. !!!
i remember seeing dil toh pagal hai, bunty babli, dilwale dulhania le jayenge, mann, ishq etc in 90s in drive in..
acc to me no cinema , single screen, multiplex can give u a Drive in experience… simply unique experience
Even today its quite economic for a sunday picnic.. it gets full on sunday or a big movie. Last year i saw Golmaal returns in drive in after long period of time and i relieved whole my childhood of watching AB, Anil Kapoor, Sunny deol… man i still remeber sunny deol breaking the jail in Salaakhein called movie.
It has i think capacity for 1000 cars. Very good pav bhaji, chinese.. and italian toast pizza is a favourite. when i was small i used to eat 5 vada pavs per movie.
the picture show old speaker (they havent replaced them for bloody my birth i guess and some times u my bad luck can have a broken speaker alongside where u park ur car and u are in for terrible time.
Ofcoure any description of drive in impossible without mentioning the 90s era before multiplex it was the no . 1 theater and price was that on many a weekends we had entered the huge line 50-100 cars (ofcourse line got so big for raja hindustaani, ddlj they blocked the whole main road by 1 kms i guess or more) and when after waiting u dont get ticket u drive out with disappointment of turning late because not only u miss movie u miss rest under sky, home made food, vada pavs, ofcourse the people the crowd.
Imagine 5000 or more people under same area laughing, clapping, seetis and roars… its more than cinema ..drive in is life at its best.