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Posted by Mark Feeney  July 25, 2010 09:41 PM

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drive-in-theater.jpgThe word most commonly associated with summer moviegoing these days is "blockbuster." For a long time, it was something else: "drive-in." There were once upwards of 4000 drive-in theaters in the United States. According to the website, their number in Massachusetts peaked at 83, in 1972. The site lists six still in operation. In fact, there are just four:  Leicester, Mendon, Northfield, and Wellfleet.

Moviegoers aren't the only ones who've been drawn to drive-ins. Photographers, and at least one film director moonlighting as a photographer, have, too. Here are some  examples.

Robert Frank, "Drive-in Movie, Detroit," 1955

Hiroshi Sugimoto, "Hi Way 39 Drive-in," Orange County, California

Wim Wenders, "The Old Drive-in Theatre, Coober Pedy," Australia, 1988


Stephen Shore,  'Sunset Drive-In, Amarillo, Texas, 1974'

Robert Adams, "Outdoor Theater, Colorado Springs," 1968 

O. Winston Link, "Hot Shot Easbound at the Iaeger Drive-In, W.V.," 1956

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