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Drive-in movies a huge hit at Aloha Stadium

Dionne Talia Dionne Talia
Scott Chan Scott Chan

By Holly Juscen bio | email

HALAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Drive-in movies are making a return on Oahu. Hundreds of people packed the parking lot of Aloha Stadium to take in a double feature on a 40-foot screen, and the admission was free, "that's why we came it's free...it's going to be an experiment," says Tony Bender of Honolulu.

Families from all over were camping out to watch the feature flick, "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs," followed by 'Land of the Lost." All night children were trying to find the best seat, some were even popping out of sunroofs.

For parents it was a night of nostalgia, remembering what it was like at Kam drive-in and now passing down a tradition. Dionne Talia of Ewa Beach brought her kids, it's important to me to bring them so they can experience what I got to, so many things we used to do as kids aren't around anymore."

Movie-goers began showing up at 3 o'clock, four hours before the start of the first movie. Over 300 hundred cars lined up trying to get the best parking spot. Many families brought pillows, blankets and coolers packed with food.

Others headed to the concession stand where there was a long line all night to buy popcorn, hotdog's and pizza. Aloha Stadium Manager, Scott Chan, was surprised by the turn out, "we were interested in holding an event that was different and this seems to be the event that everyone wants to come to."

The sponsors of the event, Centerplate, made sure the night would be a hit. A huge inflatable screen was set up and people had to tune to 91.7 FM to hear the audio of the movies.

There will be several more drive-in movie events held at Aloha Stadium, six will be held over the summer and the next one is slated for Easter weekend.

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