Signs of the Times
I came across this picture on Facebook the other day. It is the Smyrna Drive-In Theater, that was north of Smyrna on old Atlanta Road, aka Dixie Highway, just down the road from Marietta three or four miles.
It also reminded me of an experince I had at the Smyrna Drive-In, which was also a sign of the times.
Stop me if you remember me telling this before. This was in the late 50s. We decided to slip into the Smyrna Drive-In. Larry S. had a 57 Ford with a large trunk; large enough to cram four or five boys in.
I was chosen to drive the car into the drive-in while my4 or 5 friends were stuffed in the trunk. The plan was to park in the back of the lot and I would wait until it got dark and then I would stroll around back of the car and open the trunk and let them out.
I bought one ticket and parked in the back as planned. I was hoping it looked like I was just waiting for the movie but nervously I was waiting for darkness to come in so I could let them out. Then in the rear-view mirror I saw a flash light bouncing in the dark towards me. I knew I was in trouble.
The man with the flashlight came to my window and motioned for me to roll it down, which I did, and he said, "You can't park back here, this is the colored section".
"Oh!" I said and was reaching to to turn on the engine to move and he said, "And you better let those boys in the back out before they smother."
And, I did, and we went and got a parking place in the white section.