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The American Drive-In Movie Theatre
by Don Sanders
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.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published September 1st 1997 by Motorbooks International
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Coming of age right at the end of the Drive In Movie era, this book was very interesting to me because I always thought the whole car and movie thing was so Americana. With amazing photographs and illustrations, the authors do a great job of going chapter through chapter and explaining how drive in's came to be, how they improved, and how they adapted or died. A great coffee table sized book for anyone interested in looking back at "better" times.
Very interesting and nostalgiac look at the era of drive-in movies, marred only by a couple of errors in chronology that I noticed (and of course can't remember while typing this). I'd like to see an updated edition, and of course I'd like to go to a drive-in now. :)