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Drive-In Movie Memories (2006)

Leonard Maltin , Barry Corbin , Kurt Kuenne  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FDK73W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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.


"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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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
5.0 out of 5 stars nostalgic memories and good time, grab some popcorn March 19, 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Documentary Inspired Me!!! March 15, 2011
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 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well worth it ! July 16, 2011
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What was the most intersting part for me was the history behind the drive ins.

The commercials sprinkled in were nice, but it was the 'behind the scenes' news that I liked...
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The film clips that are used really add to the narration and keep the presentation moving along with no dull spots. I will be watching this film again. I enjoyed it very much. If you experienced the drive-in on one of its various levels(child,lover,parent) you are in for a 58 minute treat. JJB
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary! May 4, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie! April 14, 2014
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Excellent movie. It brought back a lot of memories and I also learned a lot from it, too. A must see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great nostalgic look back February 11, 2014
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I enjoyed this nostalgic look back at such a fun time in our nation's history. It brought back some great memories. I would highly recommend this to young and old!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining and nostalgic!
Published 8 days ago by Charlie L.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... takes us on a nostalgic look back to the great days of the...
Leonard Maltin takes us on a nostalgic look back to the great days of the drive-in movie theater.
Published 12 days ago by Ronald oleksiak
5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia At Its Best!
Who doesn't love the old drive-in movie theaters? This documentary really makes you long for the good old days. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Robert Sax
1.0 out of 5 stars Yuck
This documentary really is just a collections of people reminiscing about their experiences of drive-ins. I would not bother watching this.
Published 5 months ago by Kim
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Trip Into the Past
Great nostalgic view of what was once America's family pastime. This video provides some excellent vintage footage and historical background on this now faded part of Americana. Read more
Published 8 months ago by B. Breault
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Doc
This is a fascinating look at a dying breed, the drive in movie. I am a fan if those and hope people do not let it die.
Published 9 months ago by BC Clemmons
5.0 out of 5 stars Bring Back Drive-Ins
I grew up in an era when drive-ins where the place to go see a movie,especially in the summertime. It brought back so many memories and a smile to my face as I watched. Read more
Published 10 months ago by teresa1957
3.0 out of 5 stars Trip through the past
It served to pass the time. People who remember the drive-ins would like it more than younger folks. It was good.
Published 11 months ago by George Garrigues
4.0 out of 5 stars Healthy
changing my diet I lost 50 lbs. Doing away with most dairy
and meats process food I lost 50 lbs. I recommend movie fork over knives.
Published 12 months ago by The Dugan
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