3 July 2015

Published July 1, 2015 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Hysterical Fiction

Word Count: 100


            “Summer of 1954. What a heatwave,” said Great-Gran. “We didn’t have air conditioning. My boyfriend and I went to the drive-in theater on Saturday nights. If we were lucky there’d be a decent breeze and a good flick like Roman Holiday or From Here to Eternity.

            “I saw them on Netflix.”  Fourteen-year-old Megan loved old movies, the older the better.  “Burt Lancaster was really hot in that sex scene on the beach.”

            “I missed that part of the movie but I think the one in Bobby’s Bel-Air topped it.” Great-Gran’s eyes sparkled.

            “Does Gramps know he’s a passion pit baby?”  







105 comments on “3 July 2015

  • I probably shouldn’t admit this…but I’ve never seen that “thank you” announcement in a drive-in movie. It is pretty sweet, and more than just a little ironic. ☺ Love your fiction piece.


  • Oh, the wonderful days of drive in movie theatres. I miss those hot sticky summer evenings watching the movie (sometimes). Sadly, our last drive in movie theatre was bulldozed about 8 years ago to build a Walmart. I enjoyed your story and I’m sure there are many many passion pit babies.


    • Dear Joy,

      Our drive ins have either been bulldozed or are being used as flea markets. The one I had in mind was bulldozed to build a grocery store nearly thirty years ago and now that store’s closed. And time hurries on, and the leaves that are green turn to brown.

      Thank you. And thank you for your nice review of PSKFM on Amazon. 😀



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  • I’ve never been to a drive in movie theatre, I must confess. Had some fun on the beach though! 🙂 I loved the phrase ‘passion pit baby’. So evocative. Nice one Rochelle, and just right for the hot steamy weather we both seem to be enjoying. Well done, and a great choice of prompt.


    • Dear Björn,

      Drive ins were fun. My family would make an evening of it when I was a child. We’d get to play on the playground while it was still light wearing our pajamas. Mom would pack a picnic lunch. I never made it past the first movie and then Mom would tuck me in when we got home.

      Of course as I became dating age, it was a whole different experience. 😉

      Thank you for such a nice comment.




  • I’ve never been to a drive-in cinema – the idea intrigues me. Our local still has the organist rising from the floor at intermission which, I believe, even predates drive-in.
    Good piece Rochelle.


  • Oh I love this one, Rochelle! “Passion pit baby”, indeed!
    My first job was in a drive-in! Worked there for 5 summer – fabulous memories! And! It’s still there ajd functioning! We used to also go when we were younger and visited my aunt (they had a park and everything).


  • They showed movies at the Drive In…? 😉
    Wonderful piece Rochelle. I bet if more generations shared a little bit more like this (age appropriately of course) there’d be much less of that proverbial “gap”.


    • Dear Karin,

      The drive in theatre was a huge parking lot with speakers on stands for the cars. Not like a drive in restaurant. Although there was a concession stand where you could buy snacks and soda.

      The older generation has many stories to tell. 😉

      Thank you for your lovely comments. .



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  • I enjoyed ‘listening’ to ‘I Shot The Sheriff’… and a lot of other movies. Loved your story, Rochelle… took walk down memory lane.

    And a nice take on a very interesting photo. I think I have seen it before all the graffiti.


    • Dear Ted,

      There are a few flicks I vaguely remember. 😉

      The cars are in Amarillo, TX along Route 66. I wouldn’t be surprised if you’d seen them, you gadabout.

      Glad you took the time to read and comment. Nice to see you here.

      Thank you.




  • Rochelle, hysterical fiction, well, it’s just the best genre ever! Can you imagine a parent including THAT bit of information when having “the talk” with their child? “Oh, well, you see, little Johnny…” Always a pleasure to read. See you again soon.


    • Dear Stephonie,

      I wondered if anyone would notice my genre. Glad you came by to read and comment. I wonder if Great-Gran ever told her son. His granddaughter certainly was able to do the math. 😉

      Thank you.




  • Perhaps Great-gran better keep some of her memories to herself before it causes a problem for Grandma and Grandpa who, it seems, have kept that possibility to themselves or didn’t know. The grandkids will now be spreading the word on the internet. Well done again Rochelle. 🙂 — Suzanne


  • Might have been a fun experience watching movies that way. So much and so many practices have changed over the past 50 odd years. Love the story with a glimpse of past. 🙂


    • Dear Norma,

      Although it was often hot and sticky on those summer nights, you definitely got more bang for your buck. There were usually three movies for the price of one at an indoor theater and kids under twelve got in free.

      Thank you.



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  • ‘Passion pit’ is a new one to me, but then I’m British. We called them simply the back seats. There were some cinemas that made their back seats doubles, which was asking for trouble!


  • I vaguely remember going to the drive-in movie theater with my high school BF, but we couldn’t see much of the movie from our vantage point….

    Loved your interpretation of the prompt! Also enjoyed the story being completely written in dialogue. Well done!

    Also, thanks for including the beach scene video of Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. I didn’t remember her comment about the adding machine–very funny, and for a beauty like her (and even ordinary beauties like us), there is more than a ring of truth!


  • Drive-ins were rare here, even years back. There was one near my home, but my parents, who strictly advocated a no drinking policy, never went there because it had a bar. And now, that one’s not around either.

    Quite a different story 🙂 Liked the style.


  • My family went to the drive in regularly, and for a while we enjoyed them in Washington State, with our young ones, before they were torn down to build housing developments. Still a few around, but very few. Lovely memories, and a great story. I think many a child was conceived at the drive-in. Love the prompt!


    • Dear Yolanda Renee,

      The drive in that my family went to most often was torn down about thirty years ago after sitting vacant for nearly a decade. A grocery store was built in its place and it now sits vacant.

      Thank you.




  • Dear TomTom,
    We are fortunate enough to still have a drive-in in our area. The bad news is all Connie wants to do these days is watch the movie. My sex appeal must have sunk to the same level as Perry Block’s. Why does that Lancaster fellow have all the fun?
    – Gidget’s younger brother


    • Dear GYB,

      I’ll bet Mr. Lancaster came away with wet sand in his shorts. As for Connie…well, why waste the money you pay for the movie when…do I really need to ask the question?




  • Hi Rochelle,

    I remember going to drive theaters. We’d have picnics on the little hill in front of the car. The only movie I remember is The Fly. I’ve never seen the movie since.



  • I don’t think we ever had drive-in cinemas in the UK. Probably because of all the rain! I’m sure the young-uns found somewhere to go, though – it was never really about the film, right? 😉
    I love the film “Roman Holiday” 🙂


  • Ah . . . now I know the real reason Mom and Dad wouldn’t let me go to the drive-in when I was young. 😉 Good story. I like Megan, but I hope real life doesn’t disappoint her too much. Doing those sorts of things on the beach is always a lot messier than it looks in the movies.

    Marie Gail


    • Dear Marie Gail,

      My parents wouldn’t let me go to drive ins on dates either. Although I remember going on a few of them anyway. 😉

      About making love on the beach…uh…yeah.




  • Lovely slice of life and I liked Great-Gran’s frankness with Megan. Although I must admit I sort of want Great Gran to say “Oh, that one came out before I met Great-Grandpa” 😉


  • I love that Megan can connect with her Great-Gran like this. Wonderful dialogue.

    It’s been years since I went to a drive-in movie, and I was a child, so I think I was pretty focused on the screen…and feeling special because I got to sit on the hood of the car with a blanket. Good times. 🙂


  • Wonderful job capturing a nostalgic time and place. I had trouble wrapping my head around the idea that a great gran was fooling around at drive in in ’54… it seems so recent! A clear sign that I am indeed ready to be a gran! 😉 Love the Passion Pit Baby!


  • I used to love our old drive-in theater. There’s a big AutoZone-esque store there now. 😦

    Did you know Burt Lancaster died October 20, 1994 (aged 80.) I just learned that on Wikipedia, piqued by this blog post of yours.

    (a friend of Alice Audrey’s)


    • Dear Jannie,

      Drive ins lost favor with the advent of VHS and DVD. There’s a now closed grocery store where my favorite theater used to be.

      I did know about Burt Lancaster.

      Thank you for taking the time to read and leave a nice comment.




  • Oh, the passion of the kiss on the beach. Loved the videos. And, your story is hysterical. A passion pit! Whoo wee, Great-Gran! I took my kids to the drive-in and they didn’t like it. Generations, indeed.


  • A most enjoyable story, Rochelle. I have drive-in memories too, but they’re of myself and my brother in our pyjamas playing on the play equipment and tucking into ice creams during the intermission, and fighting over having to share the back seat when we fell asleep during the film.


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