PAPER TRAILS: Retro fun rolling into Little Rock

BY LINDA CAILLOUET – Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

LITTLE ROCK — DATE WITH A DRIVE-IN: Back in the late ’80s, this columnist, then a young reporter, embarked on a quest to find a mystic relic from the past her generation had missed – the then-nearly extinct drive-in theater. Success was found at the Galaxy Drive-In in Hammond, La. Pity the younger generations who’ve never experienced one!

But the folks at Arkansas Flag and Banner and nonprofit preservation group Friends of Dreamland Ballroom, in their thinking-outsidethe-box quest to restore the historic ballroom atop the business’ downtown building, Taborian Hall, are reviving this American icon.

Beginning last Saturday and running through July 24, at 8:30 p.m. every other Saturday night, the parking lot behind the building at 800 W. Ninth St. will be transformed into an oldtime drive-in. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. and concessions of beer, soft drinks, hot dogs and more will be sold.

$20 a car or $5 a person for walk-ups. May 22, Reefer Madness/Sex Madness; June 12, Night of the Living Dead; June 26, The Outlaw; July 10, The Little Princess (Family Night); and July 24, The Fast and the Furious.

Paper Trails appears Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Contact Linda Caillouet at (501) 399-3636 or at lcaillouet@arkansasonline.com.

This article was published May 12, 2010 at 4:28 a.m.
Arkansas, Pages 9 on 05/12/2010

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