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THEINDIANAPOLISSTAR INDYSTAR.COM 1ST A15 conversations LETTERS TO THE EDITOR LETTERS with your name, address and daytime phone number to:; Letters to the Editor, The Indianapolis Star, P.O. Box 145, Indianapolis IN 462060145. SUBMITTING A LETTER OR OPINION ARTICLE, the author grants The Star the right to publish, distribute, archive or use it in print, online or other format. Letters are subject to editing. Ideal length is 200 words or less.

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we'reofferingare allwellequipped includingthe balanceofthe GeneralMotors powertrain -AnthonyFicociello SalesManager PAIDADVERTISEMENTPAIDADVERTISEMENT IS-5660576 IS-5660781 SPORTCOATS RaleignLimitedhasrelocatedtoanewtemporarylocation. A fter a long decline in popularity, drive-in movie theaters are enjoying a revival in many communities in Indiana. In about 20 locations around the state, renovated theaters are attracting families for an entertainment. The first drive-in movie theater in the United States opened in Camden, N.J., in 1933 as an outdoor alternative to the indoor theater experience. Poor sound quality and depressed economic times kept the idea from spreading for the rest of the decade, but by 1940 more drive-in operations were on their way, including the first one in Indiana.

The Pendleton Pike Drive-In Theatre, on Pendleton Pike northeast of Indianapolis, opened in 1940 with capacity for 500 cars and the innovation of individual speakers for each car. The theater featured terraced parking for automobiles and a large screen at one end of the property. Originally, there was a small shack for refreshments, but the owners soon realized that patrons paid as much for soft drinks and popcorn as for the movie admission, so a large concession stand soon made its appearance. After World War II, millions of returning veterans started families and bought cars, and the drive-in movie theater entered its golden age. In Indianapolis and surrounding counties, 23 drive-ins eventually opened.

Statewide, there were more than 120 by the late 1960s. Initially, the theaters appealed to families as an affordable night out. Playgrounds beneath the screen were popular with kids before the movie began, and the thea- ters showed double or triple features for a single price or charged a flat rate per carload. During the 1960s and 1970s, multiplex indoor theaters pulled away large segments of the drive-in audience. Vandalism became a problem in many drive-ins during the 1970s.

As the 1980s opened, the value of the real estate at suburban locations rose high enough that many owners sold to developers of residential subdivisions or commercial shopping centers. In the 1990s, the drive-in movie theater began its comeback. An example is the Tibbs Drive-In at 480 S. Tibbs the only such theater now operating in Indianapolis. Current owners Ed and Agnes Quilling purchased the property in 1995 and made extensive improvements, adding a fourth screen, fixing up the facilities, adding pizza and sandwich options at the concession stands, and obtaining first-run movies.

Attendance went up substantially, as families rediscovered the drive- in. Ed says that today a family with all ages can go together to the Tibbs and find a movie that suits every taste. Couples with young children can take them for a feature, put them to sleep, and watch a second feature, saving babysitting fees. On a good weekend night, the Tibbs now attracts up to 1,500 people. At the Holiday Drive-In on Ind.

37 near Mitchell, owner Steve Wilson draws patrons from as far as 75 miles away. He has a single screen and keeps a first-run movie two to three weeks. He says he puts in many hours and the profit margin is not as large with a smaller operation, but is a fun Glass, of Indianapolis, is director of the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, Indiana Department of Natural Resources. He can be reached at Drive-in theaters still offer a fun night out James Glass CULTURE WATCH Star File Photo (2004) NOSTALGIC ATMOSPHERE: Tibbs Drive-In movie theater on the Westside is the only such theater still operating in Indianapolis. take back control of government by the people We as free Americans must remain focused on our elected job responsibilities.

If you read our founding documents, they provide for a representative government of the people, by the people, and for the people.Does anyone really think that is what we have now? Elected positions are supposed to be temporary. These people are elected to take our message to government so that legislation can be written to protect us, even from massive government entitlement programs, runaway spending, and control of our lives and freedoms. Meanwhile, they enjoy great benefits, regular pay raises and no term limits (except for president, thank goodness). It is time for us to exercise our power to retake control of representative government. This should begin with mandated term limits.

This will make it impossible to be acareer politician, and ensure that we can hold them all accountable to us, instead of catering to special interests, large campaign donors and illegal immigrants. In the upcoming elections, please stand up for this great founding principles and elect those who pledge to listen to and work for us. Richard Pfeiffer Indianapolis Expecting super powers because he said so Ryan Powers has shown concern about oil Letters, June 2) is critical of people who feel President Obama should show more compassion for Gulf Coast residents who are affected by the oil leak. He states that president is neither God nor and can only do with is humanly possible. Perhaps Powers has forgotten speech in July 2008 when he said his administration will mark the time when the of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to Our president has always fos- tered the thought that he was the political messiah and a super human with magical powers.

No wonder the public is critical. His arrogance limits his ability to demonstrate a more empathetic response to the oil leak tragedy. Ron Eppert Indianapolis Boycott of BP stations might get their attention Am I the only one who thinks that BP has not done a terrific job trying to stop the oil gushing out of its damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico? How about this to get their full attention: all stop buying gas at BP stations until they stop the oil flow and pay for all the damage to the environment. Tom Jeatran Indianapolis Israel in grave danger if it would disarm Mina Khoury will world recognize June 4) wrote about the terrorist acts of Israel. There was a legal blockade.

There were terrorists on board the ships (but without weapons). The terroristson board started the violence. Those are the facts. been said that if all the Arab countries would disarm, there would be no more wars. If Israel disarms, there would be no more Israel.

James F. Siener Indianapolis.

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