Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada on November 1, 1987 · 71
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Calgary Herald from Calgary, Alberta, Canada · 71

Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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Sunday, November 1, 1987
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the 16th Avenue Drive-in ran an all-night promotion: a four-feature western, a western band at intermission and a live horse as a door prize. ("Unfortunately, we got rained out, but we still gave away the horse," recalls a staff member.) The original Corral Drive-In opened in 1964 at Macleod Trail and Anderson Road, with a huge party for visiting shareholders. There were lineups of more than 1,500 cars (the drive-in accommodated only 1,150 cars), free food from the concession booth, and a group of Sarcee Indians hired to dance at intermission. The negotiated fee for the dancing was $700 worth of movie passes, which the chief unexpectedly demanded in' the middle of the evening. So the shareholders (and spouses) of the Corral spent much of the festive evening scribbling hundreds of movie passes while the crowd partied on. The Chinook Drive-In presented a special Gene Au-try program in 1951 and gave away ponies as door prizes. THE DRIVE-INS Once seven drive-ins reigned as meccas for carloads of frugal families and torrid siEHsari l ' iiM.Mii ,, , togfflA4Mj Im& p2C .-- .iiiiBtft-inrtUriilWIiW icM'' T' "t'tftrmrmrwit v" r m jun'MfrMiiiwinmii iur"" - - Allen Theatre, seating 840, was the first real picture palace in Calgary teens. Now only the (new) Corral remains, located in southeast Calgary. The Cinema Park Drive-In was located on 22 hectares of land, but closed in the early '70s to make way for Point McKay. The Sunset Drive-In (which closed last year) was south of McKnight Boulevard off Edmonton Trail. The Corral Drive-In, once at Anderson Road and Macleod Trail, was replaced by the LRT station. The 17th Avenue Drive-in, at 45th Street S.W., is now the site of an Alberta Motor Association branch. The Chinook Drive-In disappeared, and Chinook Centre lives in its place. In the heyday of the drive-ins, the drive-in managers, although working for competing companies, co-operated in their drive for business, regularly zooming across town to lend or borrow buns or condiments if a busy night created a shortage. The Chinook Drive-In, when it opened in 1949, was the first drive-in west of Winnipeg. Drive-ins ran a tight Continued on page 12 Be KiNdToOld FriencIs RE-UPHOLSTERY COSTS LESS THAN YOU THINK rz ih L I rT7 For a limited time, there will be a reduction of 20 on the cost of cloth used to reupholster your favourite piece of furniture. FREE IN-HOME CONSULTATION GLENDEER BUSINESS PARK 75 GLENDEER DR. S.E. unica design PH0NE Studio 259-3444 unici J LYNN WOOD CHEV OLDS LTD. LEASING ALL MAKES & MODELS 10 Min. from Downtown ENJ0Y THE CONVENIENCE per mo. RENT $1 5 per Week SAVE 10 on 4 week rental RENT TO OWN OR BUY 745 110V -8 lamps Adjustable height & angle CD LTD. (1 per customer expires Dec. 3087) WE DELIVER, WE COLLECT ($20 Total) 286-1 050 1987 Chev Cavalier Z24 2 Dr. V6MFI. 5 speed cn e nnn Stk.Ji693 $4268.00 "UOk UVP 1988 Lhev sprint 2 Dr. Auto. nnnn Stk. P4220 $3187.00 174UU per mo. 1988 Chev Corsica4 Dr. 2.8, V6 SOEOnn Stk.Q4056 $4520.00 'ZDyUU per mo. 1988 Ciera Brougham 4 Dr. Auto., air cond. c o 0 MM Stk.H4215 $6694.00 dOVW per mo. 1988 Delta 88 Royal 4 Dr. Full load. 1 1 n onft Stk.V4146 $8364.00 Hid per mo. CALL A REPRESENTATIVE TODAY 250-9383 1924 - 16 Ave. N.E. 'Based on 48 O.A.C. Herald Sunday Magazine, Nov. 1 . 1 987 II

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