The Capri Drive-In Theatre

Coldwater, Michigan


August 1999: The Capri just celebrated their 35th year, although from the gloss of the paint, you’d swear they just opened. The "scope" screen #1 (claimed to be the largest in lower Michigan) is quite a sight from the highway (the large screen #2 can also be seen, but dwarfed in the back of the lot by #1).

The familiar snack food counter signs have faded a bit over time, but the burgers and foot-long dogs they advertised were pretty good for the price. The friendly staff kept the two lanes running smoothly. A pair of in-car speakers are also featured inside for those who missed ’em the first time around. Projectors and platters can be seen behind the wide glass of the ground-level booth. The lack of an equipped playground didn’t stop a number of families from playing on the vast lawn in front of screen #1 prior to showtime. Patrons were also courteous enough (when asked) to move their large vehicles when they pulled in and blocked your view (Bravo!).

I brought along one Drive-In Veteran (who doesn’t remember watching ANY drive-in movies back in the day... hmmm... and one Drive-In Newbie, who’ll gladly go again as long as I don’t let him eat Burger King prior to a killer shark flick.

Best Quote: “Man... If we saw Blair Witch on that big screen, I’d have been really sick...”

I’m a fan of speakers and intermission films (which this DI lacked), so I’ll give the Capri a B+. The operators show such pride in the theatre, I’ll definitely drive the 300 miles to visit again.


Links:

*members.tripod.com/BChester/drive-in.html
Site by Brad Chester, who works at the Capri... Great slide show.

*www.capridrive-in.com
Official site.


 September 1, 1999


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