A twister during Twister at a drive-in movie?

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A twister during Twister at a drive-in movie?

Post by Gord » Fri Feb 02, 2018 2:47 pm

Here's an interesting story concerning the reliability of memory and eyewitness testimony.

In 1996, the town of Thorold in the Niagara Region of Ontario was hit by a tornado. (The town itself is sometimes referred to as Niagara in the stories about it.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_C ... reaks#1996
May 20 - a strong thunderstorm damages one of the four screens of a drive-in theatre at Thorold, Ontario in the Niagara Region. Coincidentally, this drive-in was planning to show the movie Twister that evening. Eyewitnesses report seeing a small funnel cloud, but the physical evidence is inconclusive. Distorted and exaggerated media reports of this event abound; most claimed that the storm blew down the screen while Twister was being shown on it. The storm actually took place before sundown....
The story goes that the tornado (if there even was one) tore through the drive-in movie screen while the audience was watching the scene in Twister where the "twister" was tearing through a drive-in movie screen.

Snopes debunked it a while ago: https://www.snopes.com/movies/films/twister.asp
Twister and Drive-In Movie Screen

Did a tornado rip through a drive-in while the movie 'Twister' was playing?

CLAIM: Patrons watching the film Twister at Canadian drive-in were greatly impressed by the scene where a tornado rips through a drive-in screen . . . until they realized that was no fancy special effect — they were in the path of a real tornado!

STATUS: FALSE....

...A tornado swept through southern Ontario on 20 May 1996, and one of the things it damaged was the screen at the Can-View 4 drive-in complex just outside the town of Thorold. Coincidentally, that drive-in was scheduled to show Twister that evening. (Then again, so were a lot of other drive-ins — Twister was doing great business the week after it opened.) Luckily, the storm swept through a couple of hours before dark, so no one was yet in the facility when the screen came down.
The owner, operator, and employees of the drive-in all have the same story that verifies this account. The drive-in was not yet open, no movies were showing at the time that the screen was ripped down.

But guess what? There are people who remember being at the movie and watching it while the tornado occurred.

Here is a short, 15-minute documentary about it:

[bbvideo=560,315]https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... SWD9aWLuXw[/bbvideo]
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Re: A twister during Twister at a drive-in movie?

Post by Nikki Nyx » Fri Feb 02, 2018 7:10 pm

It makes for a better story to tell your friends. After retelling it numerous times, you begin to believe it actually happened. Memory is weird like that.
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Post by TJrandom » Fri Feb 02, 2018 8:27 pm

Better yet - for those young couples engaged in their own private and first experience at twister - it would leave a lifetime memory.

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Post by OlegTheBatty » Fri Feb 02, 2018 9:39 pm

They have screens at drive-in theaters? :scratch:
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Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Fri Feb 02, 2018 10:19 pm

OlegTheBatty wrote:They have screens at drive-in theaters? :scratch:
Yeah, keeps the flies in.
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Post by TJrandom » Sat Feb 03, 2018 12:37 am

OlegTheBatty wrote:They have screens at drive-in theaters? :scratch:
Keeps the little kiddies from peeking into rhythmic cars...

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TJrandom wrote:
OlegTheBatty wrote:They have screens at drive-in theaters? :scratch:
Keeps the little kiddies from peeking into rhythmic cars...
But not from being started in them. 8-)
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Re: A twister during Twister at a drive-in movie?

Post by Nikki Nyx » Sat Feb 03, 2018 4:49 pm

TJrandom wrote:Better yet - for those young couples engaged in their own private and first experience at twister - it would leave a lifetime memory.
...of when the earth really DID move. :mrgreen:
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