These scant bits of warmth we're getting this month have reminded me that it's sometimes warm outside and that it's sometimes continually warm outside and that that might happen sometime soon.
In a desperate attempt to conjure the comforts of a soft summer night, here's a look back at the drive-in movie theaters of Nebraska. The warm is coming, you guys. Hold strong.
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Unlike pleasant weather, the American movie drive-in's probably not coming back. But it was, for a time, wildly popular.
Evidence: this 1979 photo by Jim Burnett, in which four lanes of cars crowd into Sky View Drive-in at 72nd Street and Hartman Avenue. Big hits at Sky View included "Friday the 13th" and "Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome."
Sky View had a gigantic screen, 80 feet high.
On Sky View's opening night in 1954, nearly 7,000 people in more than 1,100 cars geared up for the flicks. It even stayed popular into the colder months. Thanks to those in-car electric heaters at no extra charge.
During the drive-in's heyday, Omaha had quite a few popular spots.
There was Omaha's first drive-in, the simply-named The Drive-In, at 76th and Dodge Streets. It opened in 1948 with a 50- by 60-foot screen, about three times the size of an in-door screen at that time. It could accommodate 550 cars.
There was The Golden Spike, which opened in 1952 at 114th and Dodge Streets.
Much later came the Q-Twin Drive-In, at 120th and Q Streets.
And if you ventured beyond Omaha, you could find even more.
There was the Grand View, located two miles south of Omaha on Highway 75. Speakers for the movie sound were set on a 60-foot-tall tower.
If you wanted to go as far as Des Moines, there was the Capitol Drive-In Theatre.