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Forgotten Places

(June 19–27, 2010)

Robin Wilson

Union Terrace Gardens Toilets

Clifford P. Williams


Stephens City, Virginia, USA

June 27, 2010, 11:07pm

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Drive-in movie theaters used to populate American communities in the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. They were a staple for American Saturday night family entertainment, with double feature movies, kids’ playgrounds, and concession stands. Now, they are an almost forgotten artifact of mid-century America.

In 1958, there were close to 5,000 drive-ins. The 1980s, with cable TV, VCRs and the gas crisis, almost killed the drive-in. Today there are less than 500. I originally went looking for closed overgrown ruins, but most of these, at least near me, have been turned into car dealerships and big box stores. After some research, I discovered an operating drive-in a little over an hour away. So I loaded up my twelve-year-old daughter, who had never experienced a Saturday night double feature and off we went to the “Family Drive-In.”
Canon XTi with Sigma 8mm f/3.5, Nodal Ninja 3 and Manfrotto 190CXPO4

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