May 16, 2013 8:05 PM by Akeam Ashford

Old Movie Tradition Returns

Drive-in movie theatres are a thing of the past, but not this weekend. Downtown Lafayette Unlimited (DLU), is partnering with the family who brought the original theatre to Lafayette.

The Michot's opened the first theatre in 1950, which was located on Pinhook Road, just past Verot School Road. Two other drive-in theatres opened after the Michot's, but all three theatres closed before 1970.

"It's going to be great, I mean it's going to be really exciting to see the outdoor theatre come back to Lafayette," said Tommy Michot. Michot was two years old when his parents opened the theatre, but he can remember playing in the open field. "The old drive-in days were some great days. Life was a lot simpler back in those days."

After running the business for several years, his father closed the theatre to pursue other business ventures. The land sat, but the memories stayed. "It's kind of a novelty now, in those days it was the only show in town," says Michot.

Kate Durio, with DLU, wanted to bring that memory back to Lafayette. "There were 3 theatres before, and since the last one closed down its been 4-decades. There's many generations including my own that's never experienced a drive-in," says Durio.

Downtown Lafayette officials say they've thought about ways to make the movie more enjoyable: a Lafayette company will spray for mosquitos, police officers will be around to help with jumping any dead car batteries if needed, and you can hear the show through your car speakers.

The movie is part of the Downtown Lafayette 'Movie in the Parc' series. Saturday night will kick off with Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future.



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