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

funding from the G.I. Bill, people tended to live in cities

that were often very cramped. So a lot of public investment went into the development

of suburban life. -Now they lived in neighborhoods where kids walked to school

or they went to the P.T.A. You know, very homogeneous,

suburban kind of situations. - Goin' to the drive-in -The drive-in

was really a family event. - Ooh, ah Goin' to the drive-in -We'd get in the back of the car

or the back of a pickup truck. -I got to sit in the back in the seats that fold down

into the floor. I thought that was cool. -I think a lot of it

was convenience. You could take your kids. You can put them

in their jammies. You didn't need

to get a babysitter. -My mom and dad did what I do

with my girls right now. They'd throw us in our pajamas. -Wearing pajamas

to see the movie. -You can throw some pillows

or a sleeping bag in the car. You could all be together. They fall asleep, usually before

the second movie even starts. -Of course, we saw the Disney

movies as little kids. -A lot of times, it wouldn't be a movie

that we'd be interested in, but it was still,

"Ooh, the drive-in!" -As a little kid, you'd look up

at the huge movie screen, and it's bigger

than life itself. -It was a big event

to go to the drive-in. It was an important night. -Anything that catered

to families was a very, very big component

of the drive-in. -The playground was, like, the most important part

of the drive-in experience when I was a kid. -They wanted families

to come in early and to have something

for the kids to do. -It would have been considered

much more safe to just send kids

to the playground nearby and watch the movie. -It was a family thing. They let the kids run around

and play on the playground and the train rides

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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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