Friday, the Admiral Twin Drive-in reopened for business, 22 months after a fire destroyed the theatre’s iconic outdoor screen.
Amanda Davis was one of the first people out at the Admiral Twin Friday afternoon.
“We wanted to make sure we got seats, we figured since it's grand opening, it's going to be pretty packed,” Davis told FOX23.
Amanda isn't the most excited person in her car for the Admiral Twin’s reopening. That title would go to her friend Stephen Carter who drove in from Fayetteville, Arkansas to catch a flick.
“I haven't even gone in and seen the movie and it's already worth it, just seeing the movie, just being out here and seeing everything happening,” Carter said.
Stephen has been waiting for today for 22 months.
“Whenever I was on my second deployment, I was really looking forward to coming here during the summer. It burned down while I was deployed ,so I made a vow, first day it opens, I am coming here and I am seeing movie.”
Stephen was defending America in Afghanistan when the Admiral Twin burned to the ground.
“I was devastated. I was heartbroken, because I remember coming here as a kid. It was one thing I always remember doing with my family,” Carter told FOX23.
Stephen wasn't sure if he'd ever get the chance to follow through on his vow.
“It was a big deal that they were rebuilding it, but they kept pushing it back and pushing it back, and I was just really worried that they weren't going to do it.”
Stephen and his friend Amanda get to fulfill a promise this soldier made to himself.
“It's really classic, there’s not a lot of stuff like this anymore,” Davis said.
Stephen says tonight won't be the last time these friends watch a movie under the stars
“I plan to come back here every other weekend.”
The Admiral Twin plans to be open seven days a week showing new release double features throughout the summer. For showtime’s and other information, visit: http://www.selectcinemas.com/admiral_twin_drivein.htm