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August 19, 2013

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Scott said she has many fond memories of visiting drive-in movies in the 60’s and 70’s, when they were much more prevalent. She laughed as she remembered crawling into the trunks of friends cars and sneaking into the movies.

Many members of the Mineral Wells community have fond memories of drive-in movies in their younger days as well. A common theme with a group of men at the Mineral Wells Senior Center was the drive in was a great place to take dates.

“Oh yea,” Walt Friedel said with a laugh, fondly remembering his dating days in the mid-50’s. “It was like when you’d go to the regular show, you’d sit on the back row so no one could see you. I had a bunch of good dates at drive-in movies. Some you couldn’t even print.”

Friedel continued to visit drive ins after he was married and had two kids. He said it was great because the kids could play at the playground and he could enjoy the movie with his wife. He still remembers some of his favorites.

“Everybody liked Westerns, those old John Wayne movies,” he said. “Johnny Weissmuller in ‘Tarzan,’ that’s one of the best ones. He was my hero.”

Allan Lusk, a long-time Mineral Wells resident, also had many fond memories of dates, saying he “always had to wait until the movie was over before she was interested.” He particularly remembered the old car he drove as an 18-year-old in the mid-50’s. He recalled the car’s brakes did not work particularly well on the incline at the drive in he frequented.

“I’d have bricks in the back floorboard and I’d jump out and put the bricks on the wheel,” he said. “This ol’ gal I went with several times said, ‘What are you doing?’ I said, ‘Same thing as last time: putting bricks on there so it won’t roll off.’ It was a good car, but the brakes wouldn’t hold at the drive in.”

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