Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933
  • Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933
  • Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933

Drive-in Theaters: A History from Their Inception in 1933

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by Kerry Segrave
     
 

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A primarily American institution (though it appeared in other countries such as Japan and Italy), the drive-in theater now sits on the verge of extinction. During its heyday, drive-ins could be found in communities both large and small. Some of the larger theaters held up to 3,000 cars and were often filled to capacity on weekends.

The history of the drive-in

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Overview

A primarily American institution (though it appeared in other countries such as Japan and Italy), the drive-in theater now sits on the verge of extinction. During its heyday, drive-ins could be found in communities both large and small. Some of the larger theaters held up to 3,000 cars and were often filled to capacity on weekends.

The history of the drive-in from its beginnings in the 1930s through its heyday in the 1940s and 1950s to its gradual demise in modern-day America is thoroughly documented here: the patent battles, community concerns with morality (on-screen and off), technological advances (audio systems, screens, etc.), audiences, and the drive-in's place in the motion picture industry.

Veteran entertainment-media researcher Kerry Segrave is also the author of such works as Payola in the Music Industry (1994), American Films Abroad (1997), American Television Abroad (1998) and Movies at Home (1999). He lives in British Columbia.

Editorial Reviews

Big Reel
everything I wanted to know about drive-in theaters
Library Journal
Drive-in theaters, a uniquely American institution, prospered in the suburbs of the postwar 1950s, when the whole family could go to the movies in that newfound symbol of independence, the automobile. Subsequent decades saw the number of drive-ins decline, owing to the encroachment of home television and a number of other socioeconomic factors skillfully delineated in this well-researched study. The recollections of drive-in patrons as well as theater owners enrich the narrative, and there are valuable appendixes, including the text of the original patent for the drive-in theater, statistics covering the number of theaters (overall and by state) operating through the years, and revenues of indoor vs. outdoor theaters. Though this is an academic study, it is filled with the nostalgia of tinted windshields and free children's playgrounds. Highly recommended for serious film collections.-- Richard W. Grefrath, Univ. of Nevada Lib., Reno
Booknews
Traces what looks like the entire history of an institution as American as apple pie, from its beginnings in the 1930s, its heyday in the 1949-50s, and its demise in recent decades. Documents the patent battles, the concerns with morality (on and off screen), technological advances, and its place in the movie industry. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Choice
[a] very thorough and straightforward history of the 'ozoner' industry...recommended

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786426300
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/07/2006
Pages:
296
Sales rank:
931,623
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.70(d)

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