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Films under the stars


June 30, 2017

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The 1950s holds a strange but very special place in the thoughts of many Americans as the golden age of Route 66, rock and roll and malt shops. In the years following World War II, Americans became increasingly mobile and life revolved around the family vehicle. In consequence, the 1950s were also the heyday of the drive-in theater.

If you’re a fan of the movie “Grease,” or you just have a soft place in your heart for saddle oxfords, I know just the place for you. Less than an hour and a half from Statesboro sits the Jesup Drive-In. Built in 1948, it is the oldest of only five drive-ins still operational in the state of Georgia.

Prices will have you feeling pretty nostalgic too. Tickets are $7 for adults and every movie is a double feature. Who doesn’t love a buy one get one, especially since a trip to see just one film at a traditional movie theatre would cost you almost double? The Jesup Drive-In boasts two screens (the second was added in the 70s) on which to take in the latest films. Their June lineup included “Wonder Woman,” “The Mummy” and the latest installments in the “Alien” and “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchises.

Gates open at 7 every night during the summer and the first movie starts at 9. Guests can visit the on-site concessions stand for burgers, hot dogs and typical movie theater fare, as well as fried Oreos and funnel cake. There is also the option to grab something on the way and simply pay the $5 for a food permit.

The best way to view the night’s films is from the bed of a pickup truck. Sound is transmitted over the radio, so be careful of your car’s battery. Frequent visitors instead recommend a small portable radio. This way you can enjoy a beautiful summer evening and an unobstructed view without the fear of needing a jump to get home.

Toss your bug spray, some blankets and as many boxes of Mike & Ikes as you can carry in your backseat and purchase your tickets at http://www.jesupmovies.com/jesup-drive-in.html.

 


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