Tuesday, March 23, 2010

My Obsession, and Reflection...

I love my "WOW" factor :)

Example in class today the teacher was asking us what we've done with our lives. Many people said they've gotten married, had kids, bought a new car, won a trophy for football, went to the Art Fair in Austin... and then She comes to me "Mr. Jordan, what have you done in your life..."  with out batting an eye, I reply "I own the Worlds Smallest Drive-In Movie Theater." = WOW factor.

It wasn't until I started digging through some of my old thing that I realized just HOW obsessed with Drive-In movie theaters I have been, and for how long! 
(My mother thought I was so dumb for taking a picture of a speaker post)
This is whats left of the "Chief" Drive -In movie theater in Quanah Texas, I  remember begging my parents to get off the main highway So I could jump out and take pictures in 2002!   The deeper I dug the more stuff I found. Such as this picture here.
 You'll have to look hard,(its not the best picture) but this Was the ticket booth of my very first Drive -In movie theater. "The Southern Palace" . My friends and I work so hard on this, See before the Casablanca existed, there was the city of "Stanford".  We started spring break of 2000 with two pieces of lattice and a can of paint. Stanford was a 20x20 square in the back yard under some pecan trees. Over the years we had 7 regular buildings in Stanford. The Governors mansion, The Hotel (later turned 50's diner), a "Theater" , The Old castle (turned into a general store later), The 50's flair cafe (That became the Drive-In),  A hardware store, and the Snack Stand of the Drive -In.  During the summer kids would come from all over town on their bikes to "play" in Stanford.  We were Always building and improving.  I remember working all summer to save money to by red bricks to pave the street in Stanford! A lot of those bricks ended up at the Casablanca. We'd Have Dances. and Dinners and Festivals. I remember my mother almost having a stroke when she found out we'd wired the entire city for electricity using a series of extension cords and 3 way plugs haha!  Stanford Lived on for 7 years. Spring break and all through the summer with the then "Copa" (later to be Casablanca" on the back burner, and then one summer something tragic happened.... We all grew up.
You'd never even know it was there....
But from the ashes of Stanford bloomed the rose that is now the Casablanca.  Lets face it The C.H.&R. had a real roof, (not sheets of tin held together by duck tape!) and it was an honest to goodness house.  As we grew up the Casablanca became the new Stanford, we could drive and its the cool place to go. I just hope the Casablanca never goes the way Stanford did.  I will have to ask everyone If they have pictures of Stanford, so I can do a full post about it. Seems we never took enough pictures...

-Mick-

10 comments:

Maggi said...

That is the greatest answer ever! And you were right, the picture of the speaker post is awesome.

Chickens in the Basement said...

I like that! Be proud of your WOW factor!
Anna

Vonlipi said...

You definitely have WOW factor! I would really like to see a post on Sandford.

I wish I had met you when I was small and not living up here. I would've been in your backyard all the time!

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

In our town, we have a restaurant with a curved back wall because in the 30' and 40's, it they used the back wall to show movies and it was a drive in!

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

Love the Drive In! I remember going as a kid... Ahhh fond memories...

Missouri Michael said...

okay, now I must go out and bet pictures of the Barco...our local drive-in theater. 60 years under the stars! Oh, and I'll have to do the Plaza - our town movie theater...dates back to 1934 and the time of the big movie palaces...the town restored it back around 12 years ago or so.

Zootsuitmama said...

All this talk about drive-ins is making me want Summer to come even quicker!I'm trolling for projectors right now, so if anyone sees one!!! I cleaned up my deck a little tonight and the little trailer area...Zootsuitmama

AuroraSuzette said...

Came to you by way of Hollywood Forever, Kevin. I just posted about Gatesville, Tx. Well, not so much about Gatesville, as me whining that I can't get back to Texas next week. BUT..while I was hunting down the not so fabulous picture I used, I read that there is still an old drive-in there. As well as near me, in Shelton, Wa playing a Twilight/New Moon double feature! So. There you go.

The Crazy Suburban Mom said...

I am with you on drive-ins. And I miss them - There was one lone one when I was growing up and I visited a friend later where there was one practically in a corn field someplace.

They were a real experience. You are so right. Rock on with your drive in self!

Tracy

Nick said...

Oooh I love drive-in's! I remember driving to Ocean City as a kid and being fascinated by this fantastic abandoned drive-in sign on the side of the road. The drive-in itself has been long demolished, but that gorgeous sign is still there, rusting away in the woods...