Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The Georgetown Drive-In - Georgetown IN

The Georgetown Drive-In 

8200 State Road 64 
Georgetown IN 
(812) 951-2616 

Location: Approximately Twenty minutes from Downtown Louisville.

About: Opened in 1951 as a single screen. Today the Georgetown is a twin screen theater, open seven days a week during summer vacation. Open weekends only when school is in session. Their season runs from April till the end of September.

Experience: The Georgetown Drive-In is the only operating Ozoner left in the Kentuckiana area. An area that was once home to sixteen theaters within a twenty mile radius. The Georgetown offers both FM transmitted audio as well as the classic junction box speakers. Gravel lanes with tiered grass rows for parking line the hillside which makes for a great viewing experience. Both screens have swings and slides for the kids to play on before the show starts. Screen one also offers basketball goals. The current owners are celebrating their family's fiftieth year of operation and the pride they take in their theater shows in how well the grounds are maintained.

Aside from offering the latest and greatest (maybe not so great in some cases) films for your viewing pleasure, the Georgetown offers a few special events every season. They host an annual Cruise In and often will play a vintage film with a car heavy theme. They also try to bring celebrity guests out at least once a year. (This years special guests were Tom Wopat and John Schneider from the Dukes of Hazard tv show.) They host an annual "Georgetown Goes to the Dogs" event to help raise money for local animal shelters. This is the only night of the season pets are welcome at the Georgetown. They also close out their season with a horror themed weekend often offering one or two "classic" horror films along with a modern spooker or two. For the Halloween shows at the end of the season concessions will be decked out for the event along with random ghouls roaming the aisles to add to your fright.

Concessions: The Georgetown's concession stand is the original cinder block structure from 1951 and inside you will find a variety of intermission staples along with some modern day favorites. Prices are are more than fair and the portions tend to be generous. On my most recent visit they were offering what was once a Southern Indiana Staple, the Ranch burger (think Big Mac, before there were Big Mac's) to celebrate it being their annual Cruise In. So I jumped at the chance to stroll down memory lane by having one and was not disappointed.

Along with the concession stand, they offer pizzas, slushies, funnel cakes and deep fried Oreos and Twinkies at the pizza tent. On special evening they also set up a tent for freshly grilled rib-eye sandwiches and chili.
So, if you ever decide to visit the Georgetown be sure and come hungry. There is an arcade located in the main concession building offer video games and pinball from all eras.

The Georgetown is a great family ran Ozoner that strives to provide a great experience for your family. I highly recommend you pay them a visit when you get a chance. But please keep in mind they are serving a large area of patrons and if its a Friday or Saturday night they will most likely sell out. So get there early and enjoy an full evening under the stars with the great people at the Georgetown Drive-In.

Fast Facts:
Number of screens: Two
Movies Shown: Double Features (Triple Features on occasion)
Admission: Per person
Price (2015): Adults thirteen and over $10, children 6-10 $6.00, children five and under are free
Projection: Digital, with occasional features shown on film
Sound: FM transmitter and junction box speakers 
Pets: Only for special events, otherwise prohibited
Outside food fee: No extra fee to bring in your own food or drink (but you really should plan on eating at this one)

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