Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Drive-in Theater Photography Presentation in Two Weeks

"The Pike, Montgomery, Pennsylvania, 2001"

Drive-in Theaters in the Regional American Landscape

Sponsored by Flanders Nature Center

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM
Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main Street South, Woodbury, CT 06798.

The presentation will feature pictures from about 100 of the 250+ drive-in theaters in 44 states that I’ve photographed over the past twenty years. The talk will give a brief history and timeline of the drive-in, along with stories and anecdotes collected from the scores of theater owners I’ve interviewed in the course of the project. There will be a Q&A session afterwards.

The drive-in theater is an iconic feature of the American landscape. Once there were over 4,000 of them, but now fewer than 400 remain in operation. No two theaters are alike—vernacular architecture on a colossal scale—but they all share common elements and I find it fascinating to see how these elements relate to the different regional landscapes across the country.

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