Pic of the Day – Steve Fitch’s drive-in theaters of the 1970s

Steve Fitch photos of drive in movie theaters

(Above) A series of photos of drive-in movie theaters from photographer Steve Fitch’s 1976 book Diesels and Dinosaurs. See more of Fitch’s work here.

Top left – Chalk Hill Drive-in theater, Highway 80, Dallas, Texas, 1973
Top center – Drive-in theater, Dalhart, Texas, 1974
Top right – Drive-in theater, Highway 81, Waco, Texas, 1972
Bottom left – Drive-in theater, Highway I-5, Van Nuys, California, 1973
Bottom center – Drive-in theater, San Fernando Valley, California, 1973
Bottom right – Drive-in theater, Sharon, Pennsylvania, 1975

The showmanship of 1930s theatrical displays

I recently stumbled upon this series of photographs depicting the ballyhoo employed to lure patrons into movie theaters in Lexington, Kentucky in the early 1930s. The photos are via the Kentucky Digital Library.

One of the venues pictured below – The Kentucky Theatre – still operates in Lexington, KY and is featuring a summer classics series through the end of  September. Continue Reading ›

On the Road: The Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre

Furious 7 may boast an $190 million budget and a billion dollars in worldwide box office receipts, but it’s still essentially a drive-in B-movie sold on car chases and girls, fistfights and explosions. In other words, Furious 7 was the perfect film to experience at North Ridgeville, Ohio’s Aut-O-Rama Twin Drive-In Theatre – an outdoor movie palace whose mammoth second screen looms over a highway dotted with red tail lights receding into the summer night.

Dating back to 1965, the theatre is in the midst of its 50th season – all under the ownership of the same family. Located near Cleveland, Ohio, the Aut-O-Rama plays two sets of double-features every night of the week during the drive-in season of Memorial Day-to-Labor Day. Continue Reading ›