This photo was taken outside of a small, midwestern town in Kansas. It stands at the end of an open field where you can see the beginnings of winter wheat pop up out of the ground. Gone are the days that people flocked to this field to watch the stars grace the screen. No longer will kids jump into the back of the truck piled high with pillows and blankets and snuggle in to watch an adventure film while the night air surrounds them and lulls them to sleep. There are no more sweethearts steaming up the car windows because they are more interested in the attractions inside of the car than the movie itself.
This photo denotes a time gone by, a piece of Americana life that is slowly deteriorating and rusting away in most parts of the United States. There are still a few around that will make you feel like you are an extra in “The Outsider’s” movie when all the teenagers converged on the Admiral Twin in Tulsa, Oklahoma because it was the place to be on a Friday or Saturday night. Unfortunately, this iconic theater on Route 66 burned down a couple of years ago. The good news is that it is being replaced. Save the Admiral Twin.
Luckily, if you live in the bay area and you want to experience a drive-in again, or even for the first time, you can always go to the West Wind Theaters in San Jose or Concord. In fact, there are several of these iconic theatres still operating throughout California. This state often leads the way in the preservation of true iconic Americana from the Hollywood sign , to the sidewalk in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and the remaining drive-in theatres. The past is still alive here and ready to be experienced.