I suppose arriving at this Drive In doesn’t look too special, but to go back there on a hot July 1955 day a fan would likely pay any cost. Yet in the fashion of what makes budding youth so dear, something passed in a single day which no price would ever have the power to return.
Co-owner of the Joy Drive -In John Cobb saw a certain act while attending a regular venue motivating him enough to see if he could use it to boost his own business. After some discussion and for $25 a show, he was able to book a weekend programming draw for 2 nights. In anticipation for the promotion, he borrowed a flatbed truck from a local feed store using it as a makeshift stage right there next to the snack bar.
And so set the course for the first evening. If you didn’t like the “the Blue Moon Boys” then you still could look forward to a memorable film such as Murder is my Beat. But I doubt a single person complained. Unless that is you planned on attending the second night, which never happened. The evening snatched away one of its own and to see that star there again would be only on the silver screen.
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