Drive Down to the Drive-In (Some Other Time)

by Peter D. Marshall

by Dw. Dunphy.

Let’s get one thing straight: This is a bad weekend for travel. With Hurricane Irene threatening most of the Garden State, the best thing most people can do is stay off the road.

But the hurricane will pass. So this week, Day Tripper invites you to do a little longer-term planning, looking ahead to trips you can take in the weeks and months ahead.

For instance:

There was a period of time when the drive-in theater was a mainstay of every state in America with warm summer weather. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, it was also an intrinsic part of the car culture. People could see and be seen.

The drive-in also influenced a certain sort of filmmaking. Even though screens often showed the same big-studio offerings the local cinemas were offering, filmmakers realized that some of the visitors weren’t fully there for the movie. After all, when you mix teenagers and cars together, things can happen. Capitalizing on this, B-movie studios started gearing products toward a receptive audience with tense horror flicks and thrillers involving minimal story exposition. Through these studios came filmmakers like Francis Ford Coppola [“The Godfather,” “Dementia 13”] and James Cameron [“Avatar,” “Piranha 2”].

Read the rest of this article from Bridge Water Patch.

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