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Auggie commented about Eastlake Drive-In on Sep 12, 2013 at 10:57 am

I worked in the concession stand during the mid-to-late 70s. I particularly recall the pizzas we used to make with their cardboard-like crust. They were awful, except for the pepperoni, which we would snack on occasionally by grabbing big handfuls from the giant plastic bag it shipped in. We made popcorn up until the movie started and just before intermission, whether we needed to or not, just to get the aroma permeating inside the stand and out — the hope was to make people hungrier. Heat lamps kept all prepared food warm, but they also attracted all sorts of bugs which would die and fall into the food. As phil2039 writes, the concession stand did have two lines but rarely operated at the same time unless we had a big draw, like Smokey and the Bandit (three nights of sellouts). The operator didn’t use a cash register or adding machine — prices were added up in the cashiers head! I was asked to this occasionally, and can attest, it’s very difficult. Besides being quick in addition you had to know all the prices by memory. And when someone questioned the total you had to do it all over again. I can still picture my co-workers, the ushers, the GM (wore the worst rug ever), the owners and the ticket-taker but am at a loss for their names. Hi to you all. It was a great time in my life and I had fun knowing and working with you all.