American Drive-In Movie Theater

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The drive-in theater has been an integral part of American culture since 1933 when entrepreneur Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. opened the first drive-in theater in Camden, New Jersey. For a country infatuated with the automobile's convenience, Hollywood movies, and fast food, the drive-in--which offered all three--was a natural.

The drive-in's appeal was universal and attracted everyone in nearly every town across the country. Even celebrities--like Elvis Presley, John Wayne, ...

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The drive-in theater has been an integral part of American culture since 1933 when entrepreneur Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr. opened the first drive-in theater in Camden, New Jersey. For a country infatuated with the automobile's convenience, Hollywood movies, and fast food, the drive-in--which offered all three--was a natural.

The drive-in's appeal was universal and attracted everyone in nearly every town across the country. Even celebrities--like Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, and The Beatles--enjoyed the pleasures of the drive-in experience. With great films, wonderful food, kiddie amusement parks, and opulent architecture, the ozoner was the place to be!

The American Drive-In Movie Theater relives the magic and excitement of the drive-in experience through rare photographs, lively text, and entertaining personal stories. From the first theaters of the early 1930s to the successful ozoners of today, the glorious history of the drive-in is told. For those who fondly recall watching movies under the stars, this book of nostalgia is sure to take you back to the days when life was good, cars had style, and the drive-in theater was the epitome of American entertainment.

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Drive-in movie theaters are experiencing a renaissance, with abandoned ones being revived and new ones being built from the ground up. New fans and longtime buffs alike will want to own this lavishly illustrated history of "ozoners."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760304259
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 10/29/1997
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 10.36 (w) x 10.37 (h) x 0.72 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2001

    It's my favorite book of all time

    I borrowed this from the library, then renewed it. Had to return it. Did this a couple of times. Finally purchased my own copy. I love looking through it. I am lucky enough to live near 2 drive-in theaters that are still operating, I'm so glad my son can enjoy what I enjoyed as a kid, and this book will keep it alive forever it our minds! It's a great book for anyone who ever went to the drive-in, and especially for those who never got the chance.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    My Parents Will Love It!

    I just bought my parents this book for the Holidays. Before covering the box with wrapping paper, I took my own curious peek inside the cover. What a peek it was, drive-in movie theatres jumped right off the pages. Young adults looking for a gift for their parents cannot go wrong here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2000

    American Drive-in Movie Theater

    I love nostalgia, this book makes me appreciate it even more! Both the text and photos make me think of all the good times I had as a child at the outdoor movies. My mother and father would have been pleased if they had known how much I loved our trips to the drive-in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2000

    American Drive-in Movie Theater

    Once, drive-ins were everywhere, this book will make them appear again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2000

    American Drive-in Movie Theater

    The book caused me to remember all the good times I had at the drive-in during my youth. Also, the photos were great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2000

    American Drive-in Movie Theater

    The photos and text which the Sanders include are a lively description of why we all loved drive-in movie theatres. The book could not have been better.

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