I am at the Transit Drive-In waiting for Prince Caspian to start, blogging on the free wireless connection they provide. I must admit, this is definitely a point in favor of the Drive-In experience. I’m still not convinced this is better than the actual theater experience, at least at a good theater that doesn’t charge $12/ticket, but this is a pleasant development. The picture/sound are always going to be a challenge compared to the theater, so Drive-Ins need to concentrate on the experience they can provide over your local Regal or CineMark. If I were in charge, I would add the following:
- A nicer cafe type thing with outdoor seating under a big pavilion in case it rains.
- Built-in barbecue pits to grill out.
- Make the putt-putt free. There’s virtually no maintenance costs once its in, so make that a marketing point.
- Special headphones with better sound. Free or pay an extra couple bucks for them. Get some system where you could give higher quality sound than the car-speakers provide. Quality headphones would be expensive, but could provide a better sound experience than the theater with the right technology.
- Free pop-corn if it rains.
- More green space with volleyball nets, picnic tables and maybe some basketball hoops.