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The three best drive-in movie scenes to celebrate the drive-in's eightieth birthday

On June 6, 1933, a group of people in Camden, New Jersey each paid 25 cents to park their cars in front of a movie screen to watch the British comedy Wives Beware. Eight years later, the tradition of drive-in ovies is still alive, if not exactly thriving. Seven functioning drive-ins remain in Colorado: in Commerce City, Buena Vista, Delta, Fort Collins, Monte Vista, Montrose and Pueblo. In honor of the drive-ins eightieth birthday, here are the top three drive-in scenes in film (and they're even better if you see them at a drive-in).

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3. Grease Apparently Danny Zuko and John Travolta are one and the same; both are a little handsy. In this scene from Grease, while watching The Blob at the drive-in, Danny boldly goes in for the classy boob grab. Good girl Sandy -- not unlike Travolta's masseuse -- will not stand for his advances, and slams the car door on his junk, leaving him alone and lonely.

2. Spies Like Us In Spies Like Us, two charming spies played by Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd are sent to the Soviet Union to gather intelligence. Or so they think. In reality, they're being used as decoys so that the real agents can find the laser beam they believe the Soviets are hiding. While the comical goof-balls get themselves in and out of binds, the Central Intelligence Agency finds the beam disguised as a drive-in movie screen. The laser ends up firing at the wrong target and takes out the MTV satellite.

1. Twister While Bill and Jo Harding, played by Bill Paxton and Helen Hunt, watch The Shining at the drive-in, a massive storm touches ground for the first time. This scene is perhaps the most memorable in Twister. Partly that's because you see the first wreckage from the storm -- but it's more than that. While the people of this small town cuddle with their loved ones, a giant storm will hit their town -- and the tragedy will change their lives forever.

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Zoe Yabrove is a Denver native with an undergraduate degree in creative writing and a master’s in special education. She is a teacher in Denver Public Schools and contributes to Westword to get her writing fix.
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