THE BIG PICTURE: as the indoor multiplexes multiply, their
screen sizes continue to shrink, while their prices continue
to rise. As audiences weary of the rampant commercialism,
people are discovering and rediscovering Drive-in theatres,
cinema al fresco, in increasing numbers, contributing to a
revival of the Drive-in theatre after many years of decline.
Drive-ins provide a romantic and nostalgic alternative under
the stars; have the largest movie screens; snackbar menus
(in contrast to over-priced lobby candy and soda); usually -
two, sometimes three movies for the cost of 1 admission ..
which is certainly providing a greater value for your dollar.
Yet, Drive-ins offer an experience and an opportunity for us
that is more than merely seeing a MOVIE on the BIG screen.
It's about seeing the larger picture— choosing the Drive-in
as your opportunity to support a fragile Mom&Pop tradition;
to celebrate and to help preserve the presence of the Past.
The narrative thread which weaves through these web pages
originated in a syndicated newspaper entertainment feature
called The Last Picture Shows, in August of 1977. By 1985,
an electronic text version became available by dialup modem
(back when the speed limit on the I'way was 300 baud); and
migrated to Web by '93, renamed DriveinMovie.com in 1998.
It is the oldest focalpoint on the Internet that is dedicated
to the history, preservation & promotion of outdoor theatres.
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