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Montrose Voice, No. 256, September 20, 1985 - File 016. 1985-09-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/5207/show/5201.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 256, September 20, 1985
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date September 20, 1985
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
Collection
  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 016
Transcript SEPTEMBER 20. 1985 / MONTROSE VOICE 15 Films The Drive-in Experience By Scott Cutsinger Montrose Voice Film Critic Probably you don't even recall the last time you went to a drive-in movie. In fact, even if you had your heart set for a night of moonlight cinema, you might be hard pressed to even find an existing drive-in in Houston. Yearning for that outdoor movie fun that I hadn't experienced since ninth grade, I hu§tled my reluctant date into the car and headed north on 45. There was much grumbling about it being easier to rent a video and watch it comfortably at home. But I was determined to relive my memories, even if I had to drive out by Intercontinental Airport to do it. Finally we were there, the huge and stately screens gleaming in the sunset. The exhileration was quickly doused as we approached the ticket booth. "That'll be $9," growled the unattractive woman. I wondered what happened to three dollars a carload" or a dollar a head like I remembered paying. My date (moping sweat in the 90 degree heat) mumbled something about the Galleria costing $5 and being a lot cooler than this. Undaunted, I proceeded to try and choose a movie. As a film critic, I had seen most of the films like Fright Night and Silverado. The choice was quickly narrowed to Linda Blair in Savage Island (doubled with Women in Chains) or Teen Wolf and Godzilla 1985. Not an easy choice, but we finally chose the later and headed toward Screen 3. This was not an easy task considering that the five-screen complex was like a maze and had few signs. I parked where I hoped our movie was playing, and headed towards the concession stand. No drive-in experience would be complete without tons of popcorn, gummy bears, and soda to pass the time. Inside, the concession was another maze of lines and food that resembled a Wyatts Cafeteria. Loading up with "popcorn under heat lamps" and nachos with hardened cheese, I was disheartened to find that the drink machines were not working. I threw everything down (not wanting a dry, salty mouth for four hours) and stomped back to the car. With five minutes until showtime, my date pointed out that there was a McDonalds right across the highway. We took off into the maze, drove around the Silverado parking area about three times, and finally headed out the front gate with four lanes of one-way traffic coming right at me. A policeman loomed in front of me, arms raised. Explaining our plight, he scribbled on our tickets, and we headed towards McDonald Land with Teen Wolf starting up on Screen 3. Of course, McDonalds was right across the highway, but you had to go several miles down the road, turn around, and them come all the way back to get to it. We were 20 minutes late for the fetaure, but we did have something to eat and drink. We returned to find our prime parking spot was taken (everyone comes at the last minute), and we had to park next to a truck- load of nosey kids. Fumbling with my MacBurger in the dark, I then proceeded to knock over my coke. The dome light had picked a fine time to go out, and I couldn't see a thing. Flipping my box of fries on my date, I realized that this was not like I had wanted things to be. I gave up food and tilted my chair back to enjoy Teen Wolf. The star was Michael J, Fox from Back 00 $10 off CLIP THIS AD and attach it to your next order for SI0O0 off any of the following items: • Letterheads • Postcards • Brochures • Multipart Forms • 2-Color Printing • Flyers • Contracts • Menus • Resumes • Envelopes • Announcements • Invitations • Business Cards • Door Hangers • Report or Booklet Copying • Invoices ~S- SPEEDY jPRINTir-JG, SFfTVICE Fast Reliable Service, Excellent Ouality, Low Cost 5400 BELLAIRE BLVD. Convenient Southwest Location 1 Dtock «»i ol Chimney Roc* al Map*f«Jge CALL 667-7417 PICK UP AND DELIVERY MEMBFR GREATER MONTROSE BUSINESS GUILD. GREATER BELLAIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Please one coupon per customer and/or order; cannot be comtxnert with other discounts or special offers Crowds flee, Good Ol' Godzilla approaches to the Future, a movie that everyone seemed to like except me. This was obviously a cheap, B-flick that he made before that hit. Fox plays an unhappy high-schooler who becomes a hit with the school when he turns into a werewolf. His basketball ability is better as a werewolf and his popularity becomes phenomenal, so he stays like that most of the time. After seeing the usual cliches about the LUXURY CONDOMINIUMS NOW LEASING Wilh Option lo Purchase Large Beautiful Swimming Pool Controlled Kntry Security Remote Controlled Garage Entry High Efficiency AC & Heating One Bedroom — One Bath One Bedroom Wilh Loft — One Bath Two Bedroom — Two Bath Two Bedroom — Two Bath Townhouse From $375.00 a month Office Open Daily 11:00-6:00 2507 Monlrose • Houston, TX 524-0830 guy chasing the pretty girl instead of liking the homely "best friend" who yearns for him, I became bored. In fact, the whole movie was a terrible clinker. When Fox climbed up on top of a van for a second 10-minute dance to Beach Boys songs (while driving down the road), I gave up and waited for Godzilla to rampage Japan. At intermission, they didn't even have the wonderful commercials with dancing hot dogs and popcorn containers to amuse us. Bored, I started up the car to make sure my battery hadn't run down since you have to use your own car radio these days. No more little speakers hanging on your door like when I used to go. My little Dat- sun whined a little and started up, but I prayed Boftly that my three-year-old battery would stay charged another two hours. Godzilla 1985 soon filled the screen, but we were not treated to a glimpse of the monster for much too long. For 20 minutes we watched Japanese men with English coming from lips that were obviously not speaking English. This was truly annoying, especially since nothing was going on. Raymond Burr of "Perry Mason" fame has a horrible part that was obviously spliced in for American distribution but we watched because he was the only amusing thing on the screen. Finally Godzilla tromped in, obviously a man in a very cumbersome outfit. I kept hoping that the movie would at least be a little camp, but the whole film was a stupid mess. After 45 minutes of "rubber man," people started leaving. Noticing that my date was asleep, I gave up on my dream evening and headed out. Driving through Women in Chains and past Silverado again, I again requested the assistance of the policeman. I reflected on my evening during the long drive home, and I had to admit that it was better to store memories than relive them. The drive-ins that remained were dinosaurs of the past, and they probably would go the way of the huge single-screen movie houses. It's a good memory, but I guess like a lot of good ideas—"All Things Must Pass." By the way, Teen Wb//'becameoneofthe largest grossing independent films ever, hitting the number two grossing spot right under Back to the Future for two weeks in a row. Makes you wonder what people really crave, entertain ment-wise.
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