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Drive On In

Drive On In

It's the Fourth of July weekend and just like every year, there are at least three things you can predict will happen: you'll swallow too many watermelon seeds, something will catch on fire, and you'll watch at least one big blockbuster movie.

This summer your cinematic choices are robots falling in love, Steve Carell talking on a shoe phone or Will Smith saving the world from imminent disaster, yet again. Or, you can pack up Ponyboy and the rest of the greasers in your new car and head over to an old fashioned drive-in movie.

While the dusty relics of American culture are becoming about as rare as rotary telephones, thousands of cinema enthusiasts across the country have started urban drive-in groups. Groups like MobMov and Guerilla Drive-In project classic flicks on everything from concrete walls in abandoned parking lots to grocery store dumpsters.

The San Francisco-based Mobmov has 200 chapters across the United States and in 28 countries around the globe. They have hosted screenings of everything from "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" to "Night of the Living Dead." This Fourth of July check out the group and see if there are any screenings in your city. Live in an urban area and don't drive? Check out rooftop film series or movies in your local park! After all, there's nothing more American than a night at the movies—and best of all, you can bring your own snacks! [SF Gate]

Posted: 7/3/08