The Last Picture Show

Capturing the few drive-in movie theaters that still remain.

 

At their peak in 1958, America’s 5,000 or so drive-in movie theaters offered a car-crazed society a way to enjoy the latest Hollywood fare in the comfort and intimacy of the front seat. But with the move to air-conditioned digital cineplexes, drive-ins have been left in the dust. About 350 remain, like this one in Connecticut captured by Greg Miller, who’s documented auto-bound theatergoers from Maine to California. “I photograph in the time before the movies begin,” he says. “By the time the projector’s silver light illuminates the night sky, my job is done.”

Waiting for Furry Vengance, 2010
 

Waiting for Toy Story, 2010
 

Waiting for Crazy, Stupid, Love, 2011
 

Waiting for Iron Man, 2010
 

Waiting for Iron Man, 2010
 

Waiting for Eclipse, 2010
 

Waiting for Captain American, 2011
 

Waiting for Iron Man, 2010
 

Waiting for Iron Man, 2010
 

Waiting for Robin Hood, 2010
 

 

 

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