Tribune-Courier features editor
The Calvert Drive-In theater reopened this weekend for the 60th time. Some passersby may have noticed the new sign off of US Hwy 95 but unless one was there to watch the movie itself, they missed the 12 million other new additions.
The drive-in has converted to using a digital projector instead of film. Inside the new projector came 12 million mini mirrors, and other equipment to make it run correctly.
“It looks unbelievable, I can’t get the smile off my face,” John Harrington, one of the owners said as he waited for the showtime Friday night. “I’ve been waiting for this all winter.”
Not only will the image be better but movies can now be watched at the drive-in theater only 3-4 weeks after they are released in a regular movie theater. “With film, we used to have to wait 5-6 weeks and our choices were becoming a lot more limited.” Harrington said.
The Harringtons have made other upgrades throughout the years but one thing that hasn’t changed and has no chance to, is the taste. The drive-in’s burgers are one of the most popular food items in Marshall County. The grill announced they would be serving at 4 p.m. a few weeks before the theater started showing movies. The first order came in at 1:45 p.m.
The Calvert Drive-In is one of only 362 left in the United States. It was opened 60 years ago by John’s grandparents, Evelyn and Paul Harrington. Now the children and grandchildren operate the business and Evelyn, “Granny” still signs the checks.
Tickets prices are $7 for the double feature for 12 years of age and up. Children under 12 are free. Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with the grill and box office opening at 5 p.m. For a list of movies and their times visit www.calvertdrivein.com.