As we grow and mature there are some things, places, and people that are ingrained in us no matter what. For some there is a particular song or smell that imprints itself on their subconscious, for others it is a person, and for still others it is a place. Drive-in theaters are far and few between these days as the age of 3D is upon us and movie theaters are becoming more advanced.
In Bardstown, Kentucky stands a structure that is one of the most awful shades of sherbet that you will ever see. The paint is chipping, the grass is grown up, and the windows are broken out. There is no doubt that the Old Gypsy Drive-in Theater has seen better days. There are some people that want to see it torn down and there are others that can remember their childhood as it centered around the theater.
I for one was too old to see the theater when it was in use but the structure now stands a few thousand yards from my house and I have passed it every day for the past thirteen years on my way to and from everywhere. The theater in the state that it is has become a part of my life. My mother on the other hand was young when the theater was in its heyday and as such I have grown up hearing her tell stories about it.
I can remember when I was younger hearing her tell my sister and myself about going to the theater with her older sister and her boyfriend. She told us how even though she knew she was a burden they made a place for her and the drive in was a place for her to bond with her sister. I’ve spent most of my childhood hearing stories about the drive in and how it was such an integral part of so many teenager’s weekends.
I do not know why the theater closed down exactly but I for one would love to see it reopened. There are a few challenges however as the lot behind it has shrunken to nearly nothing and the structure itself isn’t as sound as it once was but nonetheless the theater has become a part of my life. Not only has it become a part of my life, but you would be hard pressed to find an adult in the town of Bardstown that doesn’t remember the theater and have great memories of it when it was in its prime.