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The American Drive-In Movie Theatre

Sanders, Don and Susan Sanders

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ISBN 10: 0760304254 / ISBN 13: 9780760304259
Published by Motorbooks International, Osceola, WA, 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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160 pages. Author's inscription on blank front free end page reads in full "To Bill - / Enjoy! / Susand & Don Sanders / 11-1-97." Volume remains tight, bright, and very clean, showing only slight signs of handling. Size: Oblong 4to. Bookseller Inventory # 032033

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Title: The American Drive-In Movie Theatre

Publisher: Motorbooks International, Osceola, WA

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Cloth - Hard Cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Signed: Inscribed and Signed by both Authors

Edition: First Edition.

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Traces the history of American drive-ins from the 1930s to the present, reliving the rituals and excitement associated with these theaters

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Tracing the history, geography, and ideology of the American drive-in movie theater, authors Don and Susan Sanders present a densely illustrated look at American culture at its most shallow, sensual, and delightful. Noting the need of the newly created class of motorized, moneyed teenagers of the 1940s and '50s to find a dark and private place for their pubescent pastimes, the Sanders place the origin of this outdoor entertainment form in the birth of popular culture. The sections on the amusement park-style rides, refreshments, and attractions that were used to lure the bored and their cash to this form of voyeurism are especially delightful (the "Mono-Rocket" ride and the new high-speed food dispensers provide intriguing images of capitalist inventiveness). In spite of its Pollyanna-ish tone, The American Drive-In Movie Theater works as both a celebration and an insightful analysis of this passing phase of pre-couch potato folly.

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