Numbering 1,014 and dwindling, drive-ins are the dinosuars of cinema — a once-proud species that’s falling victim ot a changing entertainment climate. But the Capada Drive-In Theater in Floydada, Tex. (pop. 4,193), has survived video and tornado and still comes alive every summer weekend evening. (Two Horses chomp back grass during the week.) We asked some Floydadans who drove in for Days of Thunder what they’d miss if the Capada flickered out.
Robert Stovall, 51:
Might sound crazy, but I’ll miss the food. This is the first place I ever saw a corn dog or Dixie dog, or whatever you call them. Pretty good, but I can’t eat them anymore.
Frank Potts, 50:
I’ll miss the fun. I remember old Mr. Mount, who used to run this place. He’d never stop anybody at the gate, even if he knew you’d snuck in somebody in the trunk. He’d wait till you parked and everyone got out, then he’d come over and charge you.
Marisue Potts, 48:
You could always pretty much tell who was dating who just by visiting the drive-in.
Joe Ysasaga III, 12:
I’m not sure I’ll miss it. I like drive-ins all right, but indoors is better. It’s alittle warmer.
Lacy Golightly, 12:
Out here, if it wasn’t for the drive-in, we’d probably all just stay home.
Stephanie Holbert, 25:
This place has lots of memories, but I’ll miss it most because this is the first place my husband and I went when we were dating. I think we saw a horror movie.