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Drive-in Movie Memories -- This film chronicles the drive-in's birth and development, its phenomenal popularity with audiences of all ages, its tragic decline, and its inevitable comeback as a classic form of Americana.


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This film chronicles the drive-in's birth and development, its phenomenal popularity with audiences of all ages, its tragic decline, and its inevitable comeback as a classic form of Americana. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Leonard Maltin ... Himself
John Bloom ... Himself (as Joe Bob Briggs)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Samuel Z. Arkoff ... Himself
Jon Bokenkamp ... Himself

Ewing Miles Brown ... Himself (as Ewing 'Lucky' Brown)

Jeanne Carmen ... Herself

Barry Corbin ... Himself

Robert Fuller ... Himself

Beverly Garland ... Herself
Burton Gilliam ... Himself
Michael Granberry ... Himself

George Harrison ... Himself (archive footage)

Elvis Presley ... Himself (archive footage)

Ann Robinson ... Herself
Don Sanders ... Himself
Susan Sanders ... Herself
Samuel M. Sherman ... Himself (as Sam Sherman)
Steve Stevens ... Himself
Sebastian Twardosz ... Himself

Chill Wills ... Himself (archive footage)

Celeste Yarnall ... Herself

Directed by
Kurt Kuenne 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kurt Kuenne 

Produced by
Jon Bokenkamp .... associate producer
Don Sanders .... producer
Susan Sanders .... producer
Original Music by
Kurt Kuenne 
Cinematography by
Kurt Kuenne 
Film Editing by
Kurt Kuenne 
Sound Department
Kurt Kuenne .... sound
Music Department
Casey Stone .... music scoring mixer

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57 min
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Very Good Look at the Drive-In and Its History, 29 October 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Drive-In Movie Memories (2001)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Informative documentary about the history of drive-ins in America and the type of films that would often play there. Everything you'd want to know about the drive-in is here and I must say that this was an incredibly entertaining film and when it was over it certainly made you want to hope in the car and find the closest one near you. We start off showing how a few outdoor theaters opened up in the 1910s and 20s and these were mainly due to indoor theaters being too hot in the summer. We then flash to 1932 when the first drive-in opened and we follow the history up to today when most have died out, although there's a comeback trying to happen. There are all sorts of great stuff told here including a device that would allow you to put an item in your car for an air conditioning system. This pipe would hang just like the speakers would but the only problem was that rats liked to eat the insides of the pipe so when people put them in the car and turned it on the air would throw the rats into their cars. We learn how the land was developed to house a drive-in, the various changes made over the years not only in terms of the technology but also the type of films. Back in the early days drive-ins would only get films after they had already been released for months. In the 1950s Hollywood would send major productions out but then things started to change when stuff from AIP and various "Beach" movies started to take over. There's discussion of stuff like THE ALLIGATOR PEOPLE, NOT OF THIS EARTH, I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN and ANGELS WILD WOMEN. Among those interviewed are Leonard Maltin, Joe Bob Briggs, Beverly Garland, Don and Susan Sanders, Sam Sherman, Ann Robinson and many others. If you're curious about the history of drive-ins then this here is a must see.

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