Best Cheap Thrill - 2000
Swap Shop Drive-In
Drive-ins are a dead breed, and that's a real shame. There's nothing more American than sitting in your gas guzzler, quaffing a beverage, smoking 'em if you've got 'em, and watching a slightly out-of-focus movie through your windshield. Try doing those things at a mall multiplex. The Swap Shop isn't quite like the drive-ins of old. First off, there are 13 screens, each fronted by a little patch of pavement that doubles as a parking lot during the day. The expanse of asphalt doesn't exactly bring back memories -- as we recall, drive-ins were huge, unpaved affairs with one really big screen. No matter. The feeling is still there at the Swap Shop. And the asphalt stays warm at night, so if you spread your blanket, you can soak up some radiant heat should you catch a chill during what passes for winter around here. Load up the kids (if they're under 11 years old, they get in free); stuff the cooler full of Bud (it's allowed); bring some lawn chairs, blankets, and pillows; and have yourself a nostalgic little Saturday night. It'll set you back only $3.50 per adult ticket.