by Jim Ridley
By now the sound of cicadas in the nearby fields has likely dulled from the buzzsaw whine it must have been a month ago. But even that would only have added to the ambience of one of Middle Tennessee’s summertime joys: taking in a double feature at Watertown’s Stardust Drive-In, one of the state’s few remaining car-lot movie theaters (or as Variety used to call them, “ozoners”). The drive-in is now a family hangout rather than the sleaze-infested “passion pit” of our youth — dammit — but there are upsides to the upgrade beyond the vanquished threat of some delinquent swatting the pizza out of your hand during The Swingin’ Cheerleaders.
The Stardust’s broad menu of burgers, Philly cheesesteaks, funnel cakes and top-drawer junk food is way more appealing than the popcorn-with-occasional-Junebugs I recall from my youth, and the sound (broadcast on an FM signal through car stereos rather than the window-hooked speakers of yore) is a vast improvement, especially when it’s raining. As for the movies, double features of first-run flicks predominate: Starting tonight, the attractions are the location-appropriate Cars 2 (with The Green Lantern) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (with Super 8). Make sure you arrive early for the singing of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Tickets are $7, $4 for ages 6 to 11, with children 5 and under free. See their website for directions and more info.