Thatï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s me, the twee little figure in the ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Hawkeyeï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ Pierce jacket, standing in a moment of non-political solidarity amid one of the character-rich locations of our upcoming Fall Fashion 2007 Issue shoot. Pictured is the Valley Drive-In Theater, which is ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½darkï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ now, as they call it in ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½auto theaterï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ jargon, its grounds now acting as a recycling center in the town of Lompoc, California, about three hours northwest of L.A., in the dusty-hot valleys and canyons of Santa Barbara Country. You should come visit.
Parlay checking in at the townï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s infamous federal penitentiary, which employees many there. There are other cool places and some good ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½Mezzican.ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ And besides all these great historic murals, like, everywhere, thereï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s a super biker-esque bar called Jasperï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½sï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½great jukebox, really nice aging longhairs. And believe it or not the Embassy Suites Lompoc-Central Coast hotel on H Street is kind of great, right on the main drag. It has this weird prehistoric-looking diorama in the middle of its courtyard with fountains and stuff, and guests are treated to complimentary cocktail hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
After the jump, a list of still opened California and New York drive-ins
Oh, if youï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½re in a room that faces a Chinese restaurant in the strip mall next door, you will see actual vulturesï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½turkey buzzards, call them (or donï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½t)ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½feeding from the Dumpster! Bewareï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½those orange beaks get very close to your room window. But I digress. The theater reminds me of seeing Jaws as child at the Devon Drive-In, in Devon, a half hour west of Philadelphia in bucolia. There was a Dairy Queen next doorï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½and some creepy abandoned greenhouses that my older brother and I got into plenty of trouble in onceï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½and so weï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½d get on the rooftop of my parentï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s Dodge Monaco station wagon with our Mister Mistyï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½ï¿½s floats, and watch films like Jaws. (The opening scene with the shark attacking the skinny-dipping girl? We could barely see, which is good since I was 7, I think.)
But shockingly, really, there are still more than a dozen drive-ins still operating around New York and California. A bit of trivia: California had the first drive-in, which opened in 1938. In the 1960s, there were more than 220 in the state. Ninety-percent of them are now gone. One of the coolest-looking ones is the Rudidoux, in Riverside, California.
For their locations, check out driveinmovie.com, or check out a few on the list here. CALIFORNIA:
Vineland Drive-In 443 North Vineland Avenue City of Industry, CA 91746 (626) 961-9262 www.vinelandswapmeet.com Mission Drive-In 10789 Ramona Avenue Montclair, CA 91763 (909) 627-3564
Santa Fe Springs Drive-In 13963 Alondra Boulevard Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670 (714) 523-9310
Rubidoux Drive-In 3770 Opal Street Riverside, CA 92509 (951) 683-4455
Hyde Park Drive-In 510 Albany Post Rd Hyde Park, NY 12538 (845) 229-4738
Overlook Drive-In Overlook Dr Pougkeepsie, NY 12602 (845) 452-3445 Finger Lake Drive-In 1619 Clark Street Rd Auburn, NY 13021 (315) 252-3969