renata kedavra! (renata_kedavra) wrote in little_details,
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Drive-In Movie Theaters in the US in the 1960s

Hello! My story is set in New York in 1962. (Uh, yes, it is X-Men First Class fanfiction.)

Anyway, I'm just looking for a little information on what seeing a movie at a drive-in in the 60s would have been like. I've done a lot of searches for drive-ins, drive-ins 60s, drive in theatres, history of movies, etc. I also checked the movies tag on this comm. "Drive-in movie memories" just turns up a movie with that title. I've found a lot of photos of drive-ins and information about when they peaked in popularity (1958, apparently). I also found a database of all US drive-ins, including ones that have since been demolished.

But what I can't seem to find, and what I'm really wondering, is stuff like, would there be previews before the movies? When did that start happening? I know in the early days of films there were newsreels before movies. When did that stop?

I'd love any personal recollections from those who saw movies in the US in the 60s (especially at drive-ins, but I'm not sure how different films projected there would be from films projected at movie theaters) or sources that I wasn't able to turn up. Thank you!
Tags: 1960-1969, usa: history (misc), usa: new york: new york city, ~movies
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