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The American Drive-In Movie Theatre

Sanders, Don and Susan

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ISBN 10: 0760304254 / ISBN 13: 9780760304259
Published by Motorbooks International, Osceola, WI, 1997
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover in dust jacket. 4to. First printing. A touch of wear to boards of book and to top of spine of unclipped dust jacket. Signature of former owner on front free endpage. Interior is As New. Lavishly illustrated history of the movie drive-in. 160 pp. including index. In protective Mylar. Heavy--may require additional postage if shipped other than domestic media mail. Bookseller Inventory # 74499

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Title: The American Drive-In Movie Theatre

Publisher: Motorbooks International, Osceola, WI

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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


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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