Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Seeing Movies at the Drive-In

66 Drive-In, Carthage, Missouri

This past Saturday, my husband and I went to a drive-in theater to see a double feature (Megamind and the newest Harry Potter). I hadn't been to a drive-in in years prior to this, and I was really curious about how it has changed and how easy it would be to hear the movie.

The theater we went to doesn't use the old speakers next to the cars. Instead, you tune your radio to the proper FM station when you drive in. So, the sound quality is limited to the quality of your car's stereo system (plus the quality of the theater's sound, of course). I also decided to bring along the Bluetooth accessory for my hearing aids (the Oticon Streamer) which could plug into my MP3 player and deliver the sound to my hearing aids in case I needed it.

Megamind was very easy to hear (and a very funny film overall). It was animated, which meant no lips to read, but I had no trouble hearing almost every line.

Unfortunately, I can't say the same for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1. While I was very much looking forward to the movie, a combination of factors meant I could barely make out each line:
  • most of the movie takes place in darkness
  • there were loud sound effects or music in most scenes
  • all of the actors had accents (of course)
  • I was tired
  • most of the actors mumbled
Oh well. I still enjoyed the experience. By the time Harry Potter began, I thought of using my Streamer but I was honestly too tired to make the effort. I think when we go back, I will definitely try my Streamer.


  1. I saw Megamind and enjoyed it too.
    Have you ever caught yourself trying to lipread a cartoon character? I have, LOL.

  2. Yes - I totally have! I always feel ridiculous :)


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