After living in central Florida for 8 years, I finally convinced my wife to go with me to a drive-in movie. It has been 40 plus years since either of us has attended a drive-in movie so we both were using our past experiences on what we anticipated we would find once we arrived at the Silver Moon Drive-In in Lakeland. We sadly did not have a positive experience. We arrived 1 1/2 hours prior to the start of the feature, The Lone Ranger. The topography is not what I had experienced for a drive-in theater. The land is basically a flat piece of property and it has two screens available. I have never been to a drive-in that had this type of set up. It was an issue, trying to listen to your movie, and hearing the other feature movie over the other speakers in the background. To make the situation more unpleasant, the property is right next to an active railroad line, which had trains come through during the movie.
At all the other drive-in theaters I have attended, the land is laid out in somewhat of a sloping manner, and this somewhat gives everyone a stadium type effect for better viewing. Also, it was always enforced that larger vehicles were required to park in the last two rows so that trucks and vans would not block the view of standard cars. Silver Moon has no such policy so if you are unlucky to be in a smaller car and then have a van or very large crew cab pickup pull in front of your space, you could lose part of your viewing space.
Also, at every drive in I have every been to, running your engine during the movie was NOT permitted. Not enforced at Silver Moon. We had a Chevy Silverado with a crew cab and long bed pull in next to us about 10 minutes before the movie started. So moving was not something we could do at this point. These folks right next to us left their engine on the entire movie. Their engine running, and the over-flow of the sound from the other feature, almost made it impossible to hear the dialog of the movie. This was compounded with the speaker we had shorting the volume in and out for no apparent reason without being touched. I turned down our speaker and you could tell that the volume flux was common to all the speakers.
We would not attend another movie here.
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