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

Synopsis: 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?
Director(s): April Wright
Production: Passion River Films
85 min

to be paying royalty fees to what was then known

as Park-in Theatres Corporation, though a lot of drive-ins

didn't. -Wilson Shankweiler

took four acres of land and made

Shankweiler's Auto Park, which opened in 1934. He actually paid Hollingshead

2 cents per patron. And he had

two very loud speakers. You could wake up

the neighborhood. -I'm sure

that ultimately became a problem with people hearing the movie

who weren't watching the movie. -The Pico drive-in -- they had speakers mounted in front of where you would

pull your car up to. -Back when drive-ins

first started, they didn't have names. Back then,

they were just "drive-in." [ Mid-tempo rock music plays ] -By 1942, around the start

of World War II, there were about 100 drive-in

theaters in the country, and that stayed that way

pretty much throughout the war. -Fire. -After World War II,

the troops were coming home. The economy's up. People were buying cars again. - Got me a new car It's a Cadillac

Coupe de Ville -World War II -- a lot of shortages

of rubber and fuel. So families didn't have

the resources, if they had a car,

to keep it running. After World War II,

all of that changed. The car became kind of a symbol

of post-war freedom. [ Bluesy rock music plays ] - It takes more than money - More than money - Keep a man warm at night - Takes more than money - More than money -After World War II,

after the belt tightening, families can be on the move

much more easily. First of all, they were moving

into newly developed suburbs. -Like so many people these days,

we live in the suburbs. -The suburbs. 1/5 of America,

over 32 million people, now live in the suburbs, and 1.25 million more

are moving in each year. -Before the expansion

of the suburbs, with all of the government

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April Wright

April Wright is an American female writer, director and producer. Her debut narrative feature as a writer and director, Layover, won the Silver Lei Award for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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