Comments and Stories from Our Patrons...
Here are some of the kind emails we've
received from our patrons. We really appreciate them. If you
have a comment or a story you'd like to share about your
experience at the Bengies, we'd love to hear it. Send them to
Hello, I just wanted to let you know that
there are families, including mine, that bring their kids with
food allergies to Bengies. Thanks for continuing to allow us to
bring in our own food. We do not mind paying for this option.
First, I want to say this summer was the
first time we experienced Bengies Drive-in Theatre and I want to
say what a marvelous discovery you have been. We have now been
twice in the first month we discovered you and we recommend you
to all of our friends. We love everything about the experience,
especially the food and how children friendly the environment
is. As new parents, my daughter is 15 months, we are now at the
stage where she doesn't sleep through an entire movie which
makes going to a theatre impossible. That problem is solved at
the drive-in as she runs around the inside of our car while we
still get to enjoy the movie just like if we were at home. Your
sound system is outstanding, the picture is great, and did I
mention how great the food is?!?! Anyway, enough compliments, as
I do have a legitimate question, when does the drive-in season
end? Do you play movies until the first snowfall, until the end
of October, until Thanksgiving? Let us know. We hope to attend
as many movies as possible until you close for the winter I
can't imagine you plow the lot, but if you do, lucky us! Thank
you for giving us such a wonderful movie watching summer of
Kevin and Athena
Its been decades since I've been to a
drive-in and you brought all those memories flooding back. When
the Alien Snack-bar Visitor intermission clip came on, I was
sent right back to being at the Hudson River Drive-In in
Stillwater, NY, sitting in the back of my parents station wagon.
What made this even better was to share it with my wife and
daughters. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Well be back to
support and enjoy Bengies whenever we can.
Dear Mr. Vogel, We just wanted to take a
moment to thank you for providing such a wonderful family
entertainment environment for us. We try to visit as often as
we can. Our daughter is 12 so we can only bring her when the
movies are family oriented, but we come every time they are!
And my wife and I get out together on other nights as well. We
especially appreciate the values you affirm patriotism, faith,
service, etc. Were not sure which we enjoy more, you talking to
us or the movies! We understand a little bit what it must be
like trying to keep Bengies going and we just want to thank you
for all your many efforts over the years. I don't think we've
ever been so happy to pay extra for refreshments at the movies!
You are providing an entertainment sanctuary for many of us that
is becoming more and more rare in today's world. Thank you so
God Bless you,
Dale and Lisa W.
Mr. Vogel, I would like to add my
appreciation to you for your wonderful drive-in theater. I love
it! And I love what you are doing. You must be commended for
your work and ever detail you so brilliantly give for the best
experience at the movie theater! My first visit to Bengies was
such a tremendous and nostalgic experience. It was one of the
all night movie marathons. I loved every moment of it! I love
that you show current movies as well as the food you provide.
It is all great! Please be encouraged and know that my hope is
that you reap the benefits, in more ways than one, for all the
good that you are doing.
Thank you so much for providing such a
family friendly, clean, and inviting atmosphere! My daughter,
her friend and I were there last night for the first time. Their
first Drive in experience and my first at Bengies. We arrived
early and had dinner there. The food was really very good and
not bad price-wise good veggie choices and NON-greasy fries! We
appreciated the chairs you have set out and ate there. Your
staff were friendly and an incredibly efficient team in action.
The playground was in great repair and nice variety for all
ages. The restroom was spotless and seeing the security staff
around put my mind at ease after dark. The BIG screen was that,
indeed!! All over it was a wonderful experience which we will be
repeating and telling friends and family about. Thank you again
for preserving this venue and making it available for this
generation and hopefully many to follow!! Peace.
Hello. I am a LONG time patron of your
very fine establishment. My parents brought me here when I was a
boy in the 70s. I have brought my kids as soon as they were of
age to enjoy movies. Now my kids are driving themselves to
Bengies! I recently read your link regarding the Sun. AMEN! I
too was duped by the paper and have just as recently cancelled
my subscription. I really miss the News American. Bravo to you
and if it matters, I have used your site to check out what is
playing WAY more than the paper. Don't feel bad about the Suns
problems - they brought it on themselves. Thanks for the movie
memories! Here's to 50+ more years.
I took my daughter to the drive-in this
weekend for the first time and she LOVED it. A great past time
that I can share with my 13 year old daughter. We will be back.
Enjoyed the show and all the people that work for you. Keep up
the good work.
Every time I return home on leave, I love
to drop by Bengies and watch a few movies. Its nice, very
peaceful. Haven't been to another drive-in since with the same
SPC. Taylor, United States Army
We Will Be Back Many Times!
Dear Management of Bengies, My family and
I visited Bengies for the first time last night, 11/1/08. I
have a 4 and a 6 year old who loved the playground! They
watched from the back of our van. We had an absolutely
wonderful evening and were thrilled with the prices. We saw two
movies and had popcorn, drinks and cotton candy for 4 with less
than we would have paid for the admission for one movie. We
will be back many, many times! Thank you for providing this
awesome family evening for us on a budget.
Sincerely, Deena from Elkridge, MD
Hello, I was reading through the comments
and just wanted to add one of my own. Bengies had always been a
tradition to my mother when she was a child. My grandmother
would take her and her two sisters and one brother to Bengies to
watch the movies. And when I got old enough, Id never been, and
my mother took me. And I fell in love! I love Bengies
Drive-In, the voice from above. Since that first visit, I've
loved going. Whenever there is a movie trailer that comes out
that I want to see, I always check the week of its release,
hoping that it'll be at the drive-in with two or three other
awesome movies. Me and my boyfriend have even gone on a few
dates to Bengies. Bengies has been an awesome tradition, that I
hope will be around if I ever have kids, and wish to take them
Rachel Leigh-Dundalk, MD
Awesome! I went for the first time last
night. It was a great value! The $7 food permit is such a smart
idea. i wondered how you could compete considering how much
theaters need the concession $$$. Next time we will plan ahead.
We decided to come @ 720pm in Bowie MD! We rushed like crazy...
but didn't miss a thing! Oh-and the voice of Bengies was
great-he seemed very personable, like someone you'd want to hang
out with... and we do! We will return, and spread the word!
Thanks for having such a great family and adult FRIENDLY place!
I LOVE!!!!!! your drive-in
Dear Mr. Vogel, Just wanted to tell you how much I
LOVE!!!!!! your drive-in. I remember going there when I was
younger and now take my own children there every single
summer, usually numerous times. Whenever a movie trailer
comes on the television that my boys want to see they always
ask Hey mom, do you think that is showing at Bengies? and if
it is we are there to see it. I love the fact that I can
take my boys to the movies and see two or three movies for
the same price as one in a conventional theater and save a
lot of money in the concession stand and actually get a full
meal for the same price as popcorn and a soda in those
conventional theaters. Bengies drive-in has become a family
tradition every summer and I sincerely hope that it is a
tradition that my children can also share with their
children. Continued success in the future and Ill see you at
Terri, Austin and Justin
Just wanted to say I had a blast
this weekend, sorry it had to rain so much. But it was so
great to be able to take my daughter to the same place that my
parents took me to when I was younger. As you know things
don't stay around that long any more, so it's nice to be
able to start new memories with your own kids. Also I enjoyed
showing my husband the drive-in I grew up with. We all had a
great time thanks for the memories.
Great job this weekend, can't wait to come back!
I just wanted to let you know how much fun my
family and I had on Saturday night. I grew up within
walking distance of the Edmondson Drive-In, and loved going
there when I was little and then later when I was dating
(including a couple of visits with my wife before we got
married.) It really broke my heart when they closed up, and
now that my kids are 11 and 8, and don't melt down at 9:00
at night, I wanted to let them have the same fun I used to
have, but I know my way around London better than eastern
Baltimore County. Between all the stuff my kids are involved
in, and my job, for the past year or so, there was always
something that kept me from going through the tunnel to
visit you all...until this past weekend when the weather was
perfect and nothing was in the way. I can tell you it won't
be our last visit.
I could complain about the time it took in the concession
line, but I knew everyone else would be trying to get their food during the
1st movie, just like me, so it wasn't a surprise, and we had already seen
it, so I didn't really care. More importantly, everyone on duty was
obviously working so hard and was so conscientious that I'd be a jerk to do
it (and I do mean everyone, from the people working behind the food lines to
the cashiers was extremely polite, smart and competent...if I had my own
business, I'd try and steal them away from you.) Ordinarily, I don't like
waiting at all, but they actually made it tolerable and gave me hope for the
future, since they're so young. You are a very lucky man, and if I had to
pick out one thing that made the night even better than I expected, they
would be it.
Of course the screen itself and the way you run it
(the cartoons, announcements, vintage advertisements) are as fantastic as I
expected, and if I could lease one of the Adirondack chairs in front of the
snack bar, I'd do it in a minute. (I don't remember them from Edmondson, if
they ever had them, but I may simply have forgotten. You look at things
differently when you're 43 than when you're 23. The view is great, and
they're silly comfortable.) My boy (the 11 year old)is already looking
forward to the next "dusk til dawn", after I described it to him.
I hope you make tons of money. I'll be throwing in
my share, and telling everyone over on the west side what a great place and
product you offer.
What a Great Time I Had.....!!!
Dear Bengies Staff,
Thank you sooooooooo much for making this Birthday Year the
best!! As a early birthday surprise, I attended this past
Saturday show. My friend would not tell me where I was going,
and when I arrived at the Marquee, you could have bought me with
Everything was so cool! The concession staff was very pleasant
and friendly, even offered to announce my Birthday
tomorrow...(but I declined,...smiling) And I got the biggest
kick out of the announcer!!
I have not been to a drive in since I was 7 years old!!!!!
Being there bought back a lot of memories being with my family,
and bugging my parents about the concession stand because I
couldn't wait to get my hot dog, popcorn, and soda.
This past Saturday ....sniff...I felt just as excited at almost
48 as I did at 7. As I turn 48 tomorrow, I will be thanking my
stars for Bengies, making this the best birthday ever...
going to Bengies since college in '95 and all my friends go
now too. I moved to Texas last year and am horribly
homesick for Bengies! There's a small drive in nearby, so
that helps, but I always compare it and others to Bengies,
which has set the standard.
I may just
buy a Bengies bumper sticker and wear it proudly here to
remind myself of home. Thanks for all of your hard work to
keep this "historical landmark" open and thriving!
I hope this gets read, but my wife and I
have been coming to Bengies for 3 years with at first 1 child
and then as of a month ago our second child (he was born June
5th) and we have loved the experience every time we have come to
the theater. Watching the Hills have Eyes in a lighting storm
was something truly amazing. Also the strict rules and
no-nonsense take on the rules is refreshing as well. We also
only buy food at the concession stands in the hopes that while
its only 30/40 bucks we spend it helps keep the drive in open.
The joy you give to us as parents that we can go and enjoy some
movies while having the kids with us is unimaginable. I
recommend Bengies to everyone that I talk to about having a
great Friday/Saturday/or Sunday treat. I know that sometimes it
might seem that the patrons of Bengies don't care or give the
staff a hard time, but trust me you do have loyal and very
appreciative fans of what Bengies does. So, onto my request....
Since 2 years ago when I spoke to you I asked for Serenity and
then the week you guys showed it I couldn't make it, I would
like to request the latest Die-Hard movie, Live Free or Die
Hard. Also for another amusing story, my wife was very
skeptical of going to see Transformers and it was only half-way
through the movie that she looked at me and said, "I can't
believe I actually LOVE this movie."
Thank you again.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
coming to the Drive In for about 3 years now. Although, I
live an hour away in P.G. County, I make it a point to come
out every time Mr. Vogel has something new playing. So far
I've manage to have at least 3 carpools of 5 or more coming
at a time and I've never received one complaint from anyone
I bring. I'm happy to report that those individuals make
there way from as far as Virginia to enjoy the show. I have
friends that bring their little ones to enjoy features, and
I have friends who bring a date to get the feeling of the
50's. (smile). Overall, I just want to say GREAT JOB and
keep up the good work. I have no suggestions on how to make
it better. You can't improve anything that's already
perfect. Many blessings and I'll continue to see you on the
THE DRIVE IN
Dear Mr. Vogel,
I just had to take a moment to let you know that my family and I
went to Bengies for the first time this past Saturday and we had
such a wonderful time! My husbabd and I are originally from
Rockville, in Montgomery County MD and I just recently found out
about your theater.
I personally have many fond childhood memories of going to the
Rockville Drive-in Theater with my parents back in the late 60's
and early 70's. I had been really hoping that there was a Drive
in around where we could create similar memories with my own
children. Well I just have to tell you that you DO NOT
DISAPPOINT!!!!! As soon as we drove in I was immediately swept
back to CIRCA 1969 and the 6 year old little girl memories came
flooding back. Right down to the playground in front of the
movie screen, EVEN THE LIGHTNING BUGS!!!!
Our two boys had a blast playing and I could barely get my 2 1/2
year old off the slide as dusk hit and the lightning bugs
started their evening ascent up to the trees letting us know it
was time to get back to the van for the first cartoon!!!!! Just
like 35 years ago!!!!!!
My husband and I were tickled as we watched the vintage
concession ads and movie trailers! We even started singing
"Lets all go to the Lobby to get ourselves a TREAT" We still
knew all the words!!!!! GO FIGURE!!!!
I am so glad that we found you! We DEFINITELY plan on making
Bengies Theater a family tradition this summer and hopefully for
many more years to come. Thank you for giving our family the
opportunity to create our own fond drive-in movie memories!!!!!
Best Regards, Christine, Owings Mills, Maryland
This is our third season at Bengies. There just isn't enough
space to tell how much we love it! Thank you for keeping the
past alive! Its so nice to be able to share this experience
with our young daughter. Just the mention of going to Bengies
has her behaving immediately. As veterans, we want to applaud
you for continuing the tradition of playing the National
Anthem. It's such a great way to honor our country and one that
indoor theaters no longer care about. Your ticket and
concession stand prices are simply unbelievable. We travel
about an hour to come to Bengies and it is worth every penny of
the rising fuel costs. On any given Friday night, you save us
over $50.00 and that doesn't include the additional two movies
that we would have to pay for elsewhere! We think your house
rules are more than fair and find it refreshing that they are
actually enforced. Your house rules have provided us with a
wonderful family experience and awesome blast into the past.
people have children that don't get to experience a drive-in.
Thanks to Bengies, our daughter doesn't have to experience
indoor theaters! She gets to breathe fresh air while watching a
top-rated movie with no distracting people sitting in the seat
next to her. Thanks for the always-fun drive-in experience!
The Rowe Family
I would like to start off by saying that there is no
better place in the world to see a movie than Bengies. My
first experience at Bengies was only a couple of years ago.
It was a triple feature but I could only make it in time to
see the two feature films; Mr. and Mrs. Smith and Batman
Begins. I was (and still am) blown away that you can go see
two or three movies for less than most theater chains charge
for one movie. On top of that, I almost collapsed when I
saw the prices at the concession stand. It was like a kid
in a candy store when I saw how reasonably priced everything
was. Now I could get popcorn, soda, a hot dog, and a burger
(not all of it is for me) for a little over what I would
pay for a medium popcorn and soda "deal" at other chains.
My friends and I are all in our early to mid twenties and do
enjoy doing what most people our age do on weekends.
However, we all agree that a trippple feature on a Friday or
Saturday is better than any drunken night on the town. We
love the atmosphere, we love the prices, and we basically
love the whole experience. I feel like I'm rambling but I
can't express my appreciation for Bengies any other way. So
in closing, thanks to everyone at Bengies, from bottom to
top, who has made, and kept, this place a great place to
see a movie.
Thanks for an awesome movie-going
experience. I took my kids to see Nacho Libre and Superman
Friday night, and we loved it. This was our first trip to The
Bengies. We moved to Maryland from Ohio last August, and heard
about your drive-in just as the season was winding down. But we
were determined to try you out. We had several drive-ins in the
Dayton area, and frequently saw films at the Skyborn Cinemas in
Fairborn. But NOTHING compares to The Bengies!
Entering the snack bar, it was like stepping back in time.
I felt like I was 10 again--and believe me, that was many moons ago! And seeing
the cartoons, the old trailers, the kitschy intermission stuff--perfect!
Thanks for the amazing night. Our family will be back to
The Bengies soon -- and often!
|Thanks for a great weekend
My kids, my husband and I truly enjoyed hanging out with you last Friday, and remembering with you the humble beginnings of the Bengies. Your special tribute brought tears to my eyes during the National Anthem. I pray for your family and for the future of The Bengies Drive In. Happy 50th Anniversary.
Dear Mr. Vogel,
My Wife Sonja and I absolutely LOVE Bengies. We try to come as much as we can. You are running an all around wonderful place. The first time we came to Bengies, we were completely surprised at how much of a blast from the past it was. We had only heard about Drive-Ins in History books and culture classes in Grade School in College. Now, we actually got to see one, in person - and continue to see it every week. I gotta tell you, the overall wonderful experience is what keeps us coming back for more almost every week. It gives families a place to get together, couples a wonderful place for a date, and friends a place to hang out and see some good movies. We want to say Thank You for doing such a wonderful job with this place. We will keep coming to Bengies for hopefully many more years to come. We both pass around the weekly emails at our offices in the hopes that more people will come. But all in all, Thank you so very much for having such a wonderful, family oriented, drive-in.
Errol & Sonja E.
I just wanted to let you know that my family and I enjoy our outings to your drive-in. I don't see a problem with the rules. In fact, it helps to maintain order and keep the atmosphere family oriented.
The Cotton family
Hello my name is Nicole. I went to your theater about 2 years ago and I had a blast. I can't wait to go back. I ask my mom all the time and she said we can go soon. I can't wait. I hope you stay open for a long long time for there is only 1 left in
Maryland. So can't wait to come back.
Your friend Nicole
|RE: Our 51st Season Begins!
Looking forward to another great year!!!
Perhaps you will remember me from several years ago. I wrote you about how my husband, Mason and I, had our first date at the Bengies back in 1962. You most kindly sent me a "speaker" keychain which I cherish! I've had several older friends want it but I'm not parting with it!
Since this is the last night of the season and the beginning of the fiftieth year, I just had to write you this story. It would be nice if people would write in to share a memory or two and compile it in a little booklet form. I know I would buy it! What memories!
Anyway, about my story. One weekend after Mason and I had been dating for a while, we took up our regular spot at the Bengies and the cartoon began. I'll never forget it. It was Heckle and Jeckle. I guess I remember so well because that was never my favorite cartoon. The following week, we were again at the Bengies. The cartoon started and there was Heckle and Jeckle again. We wondered what happened but didn't pay much attention. Sure enough, the following weekend, there was Heckle and Jeckle again and again and again. I believe it is safe to say that we saw this same old Heckle and Jeckle about five or six weekends in a row! By the final time, we were taking bets on whether it would be on again. Mason and I took turns rattling off the script as the cartoon went on and on. Yes, we had seen it so many times, we had memorized it! Those were the days.
Thanks for allowing me to share another memory of the Bengies. As I rapidly progress toward my 60th birthday, I never imagined the impact the Bengies would have on my life. You take care. Continued success!
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