Wednesday, Jul. 28, 2010

The Spud Drive-In; Driggs, ID

Precious few drive-in movie theaters remain in the U.S., holdovers from the 1950s and 60s, when high schoolers went on first dates and families enjoyed cheap, kid-friendly entertainment. But, thankfully, not all of the outdoor theaters have met their demise. The Spud Drive-In has been showing flicks since the summer of 1953. But what's really notable about Spud's is Old Murphy, a 1946 Chevy truck that has a 2-ton potato on the back. It's parked in-front of the screen and is more of a draw than the movies. It's not a real potato, of course, just a painted potato-shaped blob of concrete, but that doesn't stop tourists from snapping photos with the famous "spud."