nostalgia at hull's drive-in

I've always loved drive-ins. I feel like they're just an essentially American harkening of the past, letting us all revel in our nostalgia. And I love nostalgia and I love kitschy things. It's why I love diners, and I feel like drive-ins have just as much americana as diners. A girl hangs out the window of a Jeep at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Lexington. The theater can fit around 300 cars, though manager Jeremy Reter says he often tries to squeeze in as many people as possible, and says 365 cars came on Friday, July 5. Sometimes, he has cars park behind the screen and lets people come in without their vehicles to still see the movie.This drive-in in Lexington is pretty unique — they are the only community-run drive-in in the country, and have non-profit status. When the drive-in went under a few years back, the locals weren't having it, and decided to pool money together and run it mostly off of concessions and donations. And I love that.

Sam Newcomer collects money and passes out tickets at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Lexington. This year, the theater began playing movies new to theaters. On Saturday night they played a double feature of "Monsters University" and "The Lone Ranger."Cars wait in line to get tickets at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Lexington. Hull's manager Jeremy Reter says many families find the ticket prices a good value, since prices are for a double feature. Adults pay $7 for two movies, and children cost $3.Cousins Alyza Kudro, 8, of Staunton and Aubrey Kudro, 7, of Waynesboro, blow bubbles while waiting for the movie to start at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Lexington. The gates at the theater open at 6, but the show doesn't start until 9, so families often bring dinner, games and toys to keep their children entertained until it gets dark.aEllie Palumbo, 6, of Waynesboro jumps rope while waiting for the movie to start at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Saturday, July 6, 2013, in Lexington. The gates at the theater open at 6, but the show doesn't start until 9, so families often bring dinner, games and toys to keep their children entertained until it gets dark.Patrons walk to the concession stand at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lexington. In addition to the concession stand, the theater has a "Hull's Angels" booth that sells ice cream and light-up toys for when it gets dark.Manager Jeremy Reter holds up a picture of the old film projector drawn last year by his daughter, Charissa, in the projection booth at Hull's Drive-In in Lexington. The theater switched to a digital format last year, though they still have remnants of the film projector around, such as this picture and a few old reels.Rain falls on a windshield at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lexington. The theater plays movies Thursday-Sunday, rain or shine.A girl looks out the window of a station wagon while waiting for the movie to start at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lexington. Hull's is the only community-owned theater in the country, and has non-profit status.A man walks in front of the projector booth at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lexington. The theater converted to digital format last year, though it still has some old film reels in the projector booth.Theresa Evans, daughters Serena, 6, and Olivia, 10, and friend Sarah Dudley, 10, of Raphine play a game in the back of a van at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lexington.Previews get ready to run on the big screen at Hull's Drive-In Theatre on Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Lexington. The theater runs vintage concession ads and movie countdown clips during intermission, adding to the nostalgic feel of the drive-in.I also made a video. I'm in a weird video self-loathing period, so if you have any feedback, please shoot me an email!

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