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Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie (2013)

Once a vibrant part of American culture, drive-ins reached their peak in the late 50s with almost 5,000 dotting the nation. Although drive-ins are experiencing a resurgence, today less than... See full summary »

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April Wright

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April Wright
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Charles Bruss ... Himself - Drive-In Historian and Preservationist
Riley Cooke ... Himself - Amusement Park Drive-In, MT
Roger Corman ... Himself
Dennis Cozzalio ... Himself - S. California Drive-In Movie Society
Bob Deutsch ... Himself - Outdoor Movies
Matt Dillon ... (archive footage)
Barry Floyd ... Himself - Stardust Drive-In, TN
Barb Frankhouser Barb Frankhouser ... Herself - Super 322 Drive-In, PA
Bill Frankhouser Bill Frankhouser ... Himself - Super 322 Drive-In, PA
Paul Geissinger ... Himself - Shankweiler's Drive-In, PA
Patricia King Hanson ... Herself
Richard M. Hollingshead III ... Himself - Son of the Inventor of the Drive-In
David Hudzik ... Himself - Garden Drive-In, PA
Jennifer Sherer Janisch ... Herself - Co-founder of drive-ins.com
Sam Kirkland ... Himself - Sky Vue Drive-In, TX
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Once a vibrant part of American culture, drive-ins reached their peak in the late 50s with almost 5,000 dotting the nation. Although drive-ins are experiencing a resurgence, today less than 400 remain. In a nation that loves cars and movies, why haven't they survived? Written by Anonymous

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In a country that loves cars and movies, why haven't they survived?


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6 June 2013 (USA) See more »

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Director April Wright visited 49 states (all but Alaska) to make the film and visited almost 500 open, abandoned or former sites of drive-ins. See more »

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"And now...on with the show!'
13 June 2017 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

The birth, the boom, the death and the (slow-building) rebirth of the drive-in movie theater, chronicled in this fun, if thin and low-keyed documentary from writer-producer-director April Wright. Outdoor theaters began to crop up in the U.S. in 1933, but it was in post-WWII America that Hollywood and the automobile made for the perfect marriage. In the 1950s, teenagers used the drive-in as a good excuse for getting out of the house with their friends, while in the late '70s many screens were turning to X-rated titles to turn a profit (which, along with many other factors, is credited here with killing the drive-in, if temporarily). Communities are shown turning out for the new era of the drive-in experience, while owners and aficionados wax poetic about the days of loading the kids in the car and seeing a double feature for a dollar on a Friday night. Entertaining memories and an avalanche of photographs (which go by at too-fast a clip, some too fuzzy to see and some repeated) make the happy/sad history of the drive-in theater a nostalgic journey, particularly for those who were around at their peak. **1/2 from ****


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