[ti:Historic Season for Drive-In Theaters Comes to End] [by:www.houshang36.top] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问51VOA.COM [00:00.04]With temperatures dropping across the United States, [00:04.96]drive-in theaters do not have much time left. [00:09.48]Still, many drive-ins, or places where people watch movies in their cars, [00:16.84]are staying open beyond their usual closing date for the season. [00:23.08]The Northfield Drive-in, near Hinsdale, New Hampshire, [00:27.64]went two months past its closing date. [00:31.48]The drive-in has played an important part in the community. [00:37.44]Along with movies, it has held graduation ceremonies [00:42.52]for everyone from young students to doctors of medicine. [00:47.84]Northfield held its final event last weekend. [00:52.28]Visitor Julia Wiggins called the drive-in "a major community service project. " [01:00.48]Hundreds of miles away, Jay Mowery operates [01:04.76]the Cumberland Drive-in in Newville, Pennsylvania. [01:09.92]Mowery has held a wedding there, [01:12.68]a trick-or-treating event and other activities. [01:16.88]He also closed the drive-in for the season last weekend. [01:22.24]But, like other drive-in owners, he expects to continue [01:28.20]socially-distanced events when he re-opens in the spring. [01:33.56]"It's been a lot better than being closed, [01:36.64]and it's certainly helped the community. [01:39.40]It's given them a place to gather," says Mowery. [01:43.56]John Vincent is president of the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association. [01:50.40]Vincent estimates more than 200 drive-ins [01:54.56]were still operating through last weekend. [01:58.04]Showing movies is only part of what these drive-ins do [02:03.08]- especially since Hollywood film companies stopped releasing their big films. [02:10.08]Marcella Snyder runs the Tibbs Drive-in [02:14.28]in the midwestern city of Indianapolis, Indiana. [02:19.04]Snyder usually holds one or two private events a year. [02:24.72]This year, she held 50. [02:27.64]And, she says, the requests are still coming for November and December. [02:35.52]"If it starts snowing, what am I going to do?" asked Snyder. [02:41.36]Like indoor theaters, drive-ins are limiting visitor numbers [02:46.68]by about half to make safe social distancing possible. [02:52.44]This fall, most drive-ins are seeing much higher attendance than normal. [02:58.76]Drive-ins like Tibbs now use online ticketing and food ordering. [03:05.20]"We built our whole business on nostalgia [03:08.40]and it's nice that we've turned a corner. [03:11.64]We've kind of brought it into the 21st century," says Snyder. [03:18.40]Some American drive-ins have even more to offer. [03:22.40]Just outside the city of Detroit, Michigan, [03:26.12]is the Ford Wyoming Drive-In. [03:30.12]It has five large screens and is open all night, [03:34.24]from sundown to sunrise. [03:37.12]The Ford Wyoming does not have a "season." [03:41.24]Its operator also owns a building company, [03:45.16]so the drive-in has snow-clearing equipment available nearby. [03:50.48]The drive-in is open year round. [03:54.08]Co-owner William Clark admits the Ford Wyoming is "unusual" for drive-ins. [04:01.68]He says ticket sales this October were about two times higher than usual. [04:08.72]"We never close," he says, unless "there's a 10-inch snowstorm [04:13.88]right before the movie goes on the screen." [04:17.56]I'm John Russell. 更多听力请访问51VOA.COM www9778con