49er Drive-In Theatre: Drive-in Movie
An old American Tradision, the drive-in movie. It's part of the car fascination that has been kept alive in this country. Nearly every thing can be done in or from a car. The 49er is one of a few remaining drive-in theaters. Watch a movie from your car.
There is the snack shop that has hot dogs, popcorn, drinks, and candy. Unlike a regular theater, you don't have to miss the movie if you go to the snack shop. You can see it out the front windows of the building. Because it's an outside movie, they close in the winter, although there was one in Columbia, Missouri that found a college audience every weekend through out the year.
There is always a double feature for one price. Take the kids, the first feature is rated for families and the second may be a bit racier or lethal, but then, the kids may be asleep in their seats by then.
Dress Code: Real relaxed. Get comfy, bring a pillow and clean the front window of your car. Kids can wear their pajamas.
Chicago Street Theater: Live Theater
"Chicago Street Theater is proud to present . . . . ".
CTS produces 7 theater productions each year. Beginning in 1955 with a small group of local actor's, CTS has a host of talented actors from northwest Indiana. Each year, they present theater workshops during the popcorn Festival and a family musical (September). Then, throughout the year the plays keep coming. In last year (2006-07) they have presented;
-Neil Simon's Rumors
-Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life
-the Violet Hour
-Coyote on a Fence
-Andrew Lippa's Wild Party
Dress Code: casual, jeans will do, but many make a night of it and dress to impress each other.
- Theater Travel
Memorial Opera House: See you at the Opera House
Live theater thrives in Valparaiso. When you're here, check out the schedule at the Opera House and the Chicago Street Theater. Between the two, a dozen plays and musicals are produced each year.
The Opera house was built as a memorial to the men who fought in the Civil War. Renovated at the turn of the century (1999-2000) it is now the home of the Memorial Opera House Theater Company.
Productions have included: "Joseph and his Amazing Technocolor Dreamcoat, Kats, Singing in the Rain, Gypsy, Oklahoma".
The 2006-2007 Season includes:
-The Pajama Game
-The Music Man
-Kiss Me Kate
For information on the Historic Structure, go to Memorial Opera House website
Dress Code: Casual
- Historical Travel
- Theater Travel
Courthouse Square: Live Manger (Downtown)
Each year, the 1st Friday in December, the Downtown Association sponsors a Downtown shopping night. The stores are all open late, there is hot cider, roasted chestnuts, and a live manger scene on the Courthouse Lawn. It feels like the entire city comes out for an hour or two. You can get lots of your holiday shopping done and the kids like the camel, sheep, dogs, donkey and other farm animals. Volunteers from area churches and community organizations, i.e., Lions Club, International Kiwanis, etc, dress up as shepherds, Wisemen and the holy family, between 6 pm and 9 pm.
It is usually cold, but the town in full of warm cheer that evening.
Dress Code: Come dressed for the weather. If it snows, boots and hats, always, coats and gloves are needed.
- Family Travel