Once an American icon, the drive-in movie theater is mostly a relic from our mid-20th century landscape. Their demise is blamed on several factors, included is the exhaustion of cheap and “unlimited” space, the slow and steady decline of the middle class, the evolution of American car culture and the cost reduction & increased quality of home entertainment technology. Today, like other abandoned buildings, they serve only as a canvas for graffiti artists.
I vaguely remember piling in my parent’s station wagon to see True Grit and The Parent Trap at our local Charlotte, NC drive in. Ok, yes, I’m old. Of course drive-ins are also a favored backdrop in movies from or about the 50s & 60s. These image are of the abandoned Bel-Air Drive-In in Walkertown, North Carolina. It was built in 1955 and survived until the year 2000. In the image above, two spray paint cans remain on the concessions counter; left by previous site visitors.
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