Did you have a good holiday weekend?
Friday night we went to Ikea to pick up a few things and then had dinner at The Macaroni Grill with my uncle. It was good to get a chance to see him and catch up. Considering that we live about twenty minutes away from each other and enjoy each other’s company a lot we see surprisingly little of each other. Saturday we just putzed around the house until about 5pm or so and then we headed out for our monthly date night.
As you know, most of the time I don’t tell the Hubs what we’re doing for date night. I basically just tell him what to wear and drag him off to do whatever random thing we’re doing. He actually seems to like this a lot. He calls them ‘our adventures’ and he tells me that I always keep him on his toes (in a good way). That being said he was very concerned when I told him to wear his pajamas for this date night. I swear he asked me ten times ‘are you sure it’s ok?’
Last month when we had our date night I mentioned that we were actually supposed to do something else but had decided to change our plans. Well, we rescheduled it to May and that’s what we did.
We went to see another movie just like we did in April but it’s the way we watched the movie that made it special. We went to a drive-in movie theatre! Have you ever been? I never had (and neither had the Hubs) and I’ve gotta say, we’ll definitely go back. If you live in Houston and want to check this place out all the information you need to know is here.
So Showboat (that’s the ‘theatre’) always plays double features. Considering tickets are $6 for an adult and $4 for a kid I think that’s a steal. Even if we go to the $6 matinee at our local AMC we’re technically getting to see a second movie free. However, since most people go to the non-matinee showings and pay $10 per ticket you’re saving $28 just on two adult tickets. Crazy huh? The double feature does make for a crazy-late night but it was still fun and totally worth it. AND you don’t have to stay for the second movie if you don’t want to. I’d say about a third of the people there left after the first movie. We stayed for both and left at about 1:30am. It was a laaaaate night.
Gates open at 6:30 and when we got there around 6:10 there were already quite a few people in line. If you are going to go, I suggest that you get there no later than 6:10 if you want GREAT seats. If you’re ok with so-so seats then it’s safe to get there later. I did talk to one person who said that they’d showed up at 6:30 once and the ‘theatre’ was already full and they were turned away. So, it’s a risk I suppose. The movies don’t start until dusk though so that means that right now with it being summer and daylight savings time and all the movies don’t start until about 8:30pm. This means you’re just chilling in your car for about 2.5 hours. The Hubs and I are avid readers so this didn’t bother us one bit. We rolled the windows down, put the seats back and read. It was actually really nice to have some quiet time just to read (and not feel guilty for reading instead of doing laundry/cleaning the kitchen/etc). Also, there’s a playground that was super popular with the kids who were there.
There is a concession stand that has all the nibbles you’d normally find… popcorn, candy, sodas, nachos, corn dogs, hamburgers, etc. The food was seriously reasonable. The Hubs and I each got a corn dog and nachos and split a soda and I think it cost us around $11 or something. Do you have any idea what that would cost at a normal AMC theatre? About $25. Remember that $28 you saved earlier on tickets? You’ve now saved $42. Not bad huh?
I will say I was a little concerned about how good the viewing / hearing quality would be but I have to say, it surpassed my expectations. The picture quality was just fine and we were able to hear fine through our car radio.
Here’s the only part I didn’t like… no AC + windows down. It was comfortable temperature-wise with the windows down however it’s outside in Texas which means there are BUGS (and we all know I hate bugs). Surprisingly we didn’t have any mosquito problems but we did have random other bugs flying in the windows and crawling on us. That made me jumpy and itchy and I spent the first movie slapping myself a lot. During intermission we rolled the windows up and turned the AC on full blast. When the second movie came on we just turned the car off (battery still on) but didn’t roll the windows down. It was cool enough that we didn’t mind and I was much happier being bug free.
The bathrooms were packed but clean. I definitely suggest that if you need to go you don’t wait until the last minute because the lines (especially during intermission) can be 15 minutes long.
Overall I definitely had a blast (Hubs loved it too) and we’ll definitely go back. We will, however, either go in the winter (when we don’t have to roll the windows down) or we’ll get a fan with an adapter for the cigarette lighter so that, yet again, we don’t have to roll the windows down. Boo bugs!