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Rewind the Fifties Drive In
In the Fifties the place to show off
your Date and your Car was the Drive-in. You also went on a Friday
or Saturday night to see who your friends were with. This was the
place to see and be seen. It didn't much matter what movie was
showing, you just went to hang out. You also were thinking later
maybe you could get to "first base" with your date half way through
For those who don't know what a
drive-in was like, think of a large gravel and dirt field, usually
at the edge of town. At one end is a large screen and a concession
stand. You parked your car on a little mound pointed toward the
screen. To hear the movie you hung a small metal encased speaker on
your car window. The sound quality (if it worked at all) was
usually bad. If it rained really hard you had the added thrill of
getting stuck in the mud.
Does today's multi-plex or shopping mall
compare to this?
I don't think so.
In 1948 there were 820 Drive-ins, by
1958 the number had grown to 4,063. All those Drive-ins needed
Movies and Hollywood was happy to crank them out. The plots were
thin, the acting was bad, the special effects were crude. No one
seemed to mind, the movie was only an excuse to be alone in a dark
car with your girlfriend. Something to do between "make-out
Some of the more popular movies were the
Sci-Fi and Horror movies, this was the best way to get your date to
cling to you. (okay, the secrets out). Below are some movie posters
of films that might have played in your area. It's interesting to
note that some of the better artwork is from movies that were not
very good. Also remember that the posters were in color but most of
the films were black and white. Most films played at the drive-ins
were NOT big budget items, but like I said, no one
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Last two digits of the file name indicate the year the film was