When it opened in 1967, Tibbs was equipped with only one screen. Now it hosts four, with eight movie options, and can accommodate up to 1,600 cars. The line to get in, especially on Friday and Saturday nights, can stretch a ways, to the point that owners Ed and Agnes Quilling recommend arriving at least an hour before showtime at dusk.
James Keaton comes with his family and friends as often as he can. He can still recall one of his favorite drive-in memories. “When they showed Night of the Living Dead, we were little kids in my dad’s station wagon, and this guy came in a gorilla suit,” says Keaton. “[He] was banging on the car windows, scaring us.”
The southwestside theater is the only remaining drive-in in town. Nationwide, they’re down from around 4,000 in their glory days (the 1950s and ’60s) to some 300 today. When you kick back and catch a flick here, you’ll wonder why.