The Drive-In theatre impacted Ponyboy because he saw good in the Soc's, And met someone really important. Ponyboy always thought that the Soc's~The Socials where bad people because they jumped greasers and always where mean to people. Until at the Drive-In he met Cherry and saw that not all Soc's where bad because Cherry cared for him and his friends. This is important because he learned to trust others, like the Soc's because he started to trust Cherry by her eventually being his spy to protect him(84). The Drive-In is also important because by meeting Cherry and hanging out with her causes problems for him later on in the novel that drives him to almost die(55). This shows that the Drive-In is important for Pony because he meets someone who made him change his point of view on people. Also because This moment comes up later in a monumental conflict that causes people to die and more conflicts to rise.
Johnny is one of the protagonists in The Outsiders he changes Pony's life dramatically. Johnny does this by saving his life, The Soc's where trying to kill Pony but Johnny saved his life by killing Bob who was trying to kill him(56). This makes Ponyboy realize that people care about him and are willing to risk it for him, Johnny also Taught him how he always fit in(78). He told Pony at the church how he looks and acts like his family who Ponyboy looks up to and really admires. This changed his point of view that he doesn't have to feel left out that he is just like/can be like who he loves. This means that Johnny changed Pony's life because he showed that people care about him and love him enough to risk there life. He also changes Ponyboy's life because he made Pony feel a sense of security and feels included and wanted.
The conflict of the church fire makes Ponyboy learn how to live his life, by 'Staying gold'. He learns this by his best friend Johnny dying, Johnny's last words where "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold..."(148). Johnny's death also causes Dally to commit suicide because he was so sad, and he didn't get to hear Johnny's words that keep Pony from doing the same as Dally. So, because of the church fire causing Johnny's death, he would have never learned how to live his life. If the fire never happened though Pony probably would have done the same as Dally and committed suicide because he was so sad from everything that happened earlier in the novel at home, and at school, and socially. That's why the church fire is so important to Ponyboy because he learns how and why to 'Stay Gold'.