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This one-hour documentary special is a film celebration of America's greatest icon of youth, freedom and the automobile. What began as an auto parts owner's business venture to make some easy money accidentally became a magical place where romance, fun and a sense of community flourished. This film chronicles the drive-in's birth and development, its phenomenal popularity with audiences of all ages, its tragic decline, and its inevitable comeback as a classic form of Americana.

Described by Variety as "slick and entertaining," DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES includes photos and footage from the mid-1930s until today, a powerful original music score, and lively interviews with such notables as Leonard Maltin, Barry Corbin, Burton Gilliam, Beverly Garland, Samuel Arkoff, and John Bloom (aka Joe Bob Briggs).

DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES covers every aspect of the drive-in movie-going experience: early outdoor projection, the marriage of the car and the movie, architects and drive-in construction, sound projection solutions, food trailers and concession stands, families and entertainment, teenagers and passion, church services, celebrity appearances, exploitation films, the effects of television and the VCR, and the drive-in's decline and comeback.

DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES was an Official Selection at both the Chicago International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival, and won the Gold Award at the Houston World Fest. During its film festival tour, it played in over 40 festivals across the nation. DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES was produced by Don and Susan Sanders, and directed and edited by Kurt Kuenne, who also composed the musical score. The DVD includes such extra features as a twenty-minute reel of nostalgic concession stand advertisements.

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"A big, wet cinematic kiss... at once delightful, academic and entertaining." -- Chicago Tribune

"A crisp piece of documentary filmmaking - loaded with personality and substance." -- Dallas Morning News

"A real blast from the past! I only wish it was twice as long." -- New York Post

"A terrific piece of work." -- NBC's The Today Show

"I love it! An exceptional documentary." -- Leonard Maltin


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  • Actors: Leonard Maltin, Barry Corbin, Burton Gilliam, Beverly Garland, Samuel Arkoff
  • Directors: Kurt Kuenne
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Janson Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDK73W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,175 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on June 7, 2006
Format: DVD
Drive-In Movie Memories is an informative and entertaining 58-minute documentary of the Drive-In Movie, a popular culture phenomena made possible by the combination of automobiles and the movies as a venue for youthful courting and family entertainment from its debut in the mid-1930's through it's "golden age" of the 1950s & 60s, to its decline with the competing onset of the television era and its diminished but still lingering presence on the American landscape of today. Featuring interviews with Burton Gilliam, Leonard Maltin, Samuel Arkoff, John Bloom, and Barry Corbin, Drive-In Movie Memories is a remarkable production of culturally significant American history. Enhanced with the inclusion of such special features as "About the Producers Awards & Festivals", "About the Director", and Don't Forget to Visit our Concession Stand!", Drive-In Movie Memories is enthusiastically recommended for personal and community library DVD collections as an intriguing and nostalgic history of the Drive-In movie.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By old school movie lover on March 19, 2009
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I caught this documentary on PBS and happy to see it was available to purchase. This footage and information they have is very interesting and educational. Those of us who are fortunate to remember the drive ins will find this extremely nostalgic and fun. The next generation will find it very educational and probably feel jilted that they did not get to enjoy this great form of entertainment. I love how they show the history of how the drive in started and how this was a place to bring families in its heyday. I also loved how they showed "new advances" in sound systems, some of which were quite funny. It was great to see the "stars" of the drive in at it's heyday interviewed for this documentary, as well as the original movie trailers of drive in classics and as a special treat, there are concession stand ads there were used at the time of the drive in.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Evans on March 15, 2011
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After seeing this Documentary over and over again, I bought a projector, an outdoor screen, a popcorn popper,(all new for less than $500), and use an old surround sound for outdoor movie night at home. The kids love it. To get the drive-in sensation I back my truck up towards the screen and drop the tailgate....like I did at the drive-in. I have some of the Drive-in old box speakers but haven't had time to hook them to the system.
I highly recommend this Documentary. The only problem I had with it was sudden bursts of volume on occassion.
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By HMB on November 14, 2014
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Smartly researched and produced with a convincing group of actors, producers, executives and other expressive personalities who wax nostalgic about this embedded cultural landmark of Americana.

I'm old enough to have lived through the high water mark of drive-ins, even though I was barely a teenager, and lived in a city during those years. But, as it is stated and implied, in many ways from the varied testimonies on film, it didn't take much to be hooked and drawn to the experience after a single trip.

There's so much to miss about that lost culture, and so much less to appreciate about today's movie culture. Watching this film wind down with its wistful narrative, and the little bit of sadness that hangs over it, I caught myself holding back a choked up feeling that I truly wish I didn't have to experience. Then again, nostalgia has a habit of doing that. ;)
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From its invention in 1933, the drive-in theater was a huge hit. DRIVE-IN MOVIE MEMORIES tells the tale of the origin, evolution, and eventual demise of this truly American phenomenon. An exhaustive, fascinating tour through the decades, including the post World War 2 boom years, the rise of the teen market in the 50s and 60s, which gave birth to the sci-fi / horror / exploitation film explosion, and the 70s porn drive-ins. The invention of the car door speaker system, and various other contraptions for the patron's comfort- air-conditioner hoses, heaters, etc. are explored. Also includes the crazy gimmicks, wild promotions, and stunts used to entice the prospective movie-goer. D-IMM is a fun, informative, nostalgic documentary for both the drive-in fan and those unfortunate enough to have never experienced them...
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I didn't grow up on with the memories of the drive-in. However, I learned a great deal about the drive-in's history. From the drive-in's beginnings to its decline, to its comeback. I especially enjoyed watching the intermission ads, which were as much a part of the drive-in experience as the drive-in movies or the drive-in itself, and the various ways that drive-in owners would attract customers, such as adding amusement parks for children or having a fireworks spectacular.
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Now I know clearly, why I look back on the drive-in, with such a sense of having lost something that was special. You folks had a lot of love for this topic and it shows very well in the work, effort and emotional content that comes across in this film. Thanks again - I smiled, sometimes sadly, but still -- smiled the whole time watching this.
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By RJR on October 11, 2013
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Did a good job of reviewing the the origins and history of the drive-in movies in the U.S. For that generation that has grown up since the drive-in's demise, it should be an eye-opener. The drive-in was the product of a more communal society than the one we have today and it provided a wealth of experience that is lacking today.
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