About the Project

Vintage speakers from 1942 that still work at Valle Drive-In located in Newton, Iowa. 

Vintage speakers from 1942 that still work at Valle Drive-In located in Newton, Iowa. 

Drive-In Theatres were a staple in my childhood.  Playing tag under the big screen, eating way to much popcorn, and falling asleep midway through the double feature, in a pile of blankets.  There was something so special about the experience. 

As I got older, the surrounding drive-in theatres started to go dark and this American icon slipped my mind.  That was, until last summer.

It started with an idea. With the help of 81 generous backers on Kickstarter and a partnership with Honda's Project Drive-In, it became a reality.  From July 16 - September 18, 2014 I embarked on a 65 day, 32 state, 12,022 mile road trip. In total, I visited 28 drive-in theatres, both abandoned and operational.

My goal from this journey was to examine all aspects of this American Icon. This symbol of our past as we move forward in a digital world. From viewers, to owners, to memories of a different time. Now that I have done this, my goal  is  to compile my images into a coffee table book. 

The number of drive-in theaters have been in a rapid decline. Dropping from over 4,000 locations during their hay day in the 1950s to less than 400 still operating today. Furthermore, in 2013, the film industry converted to an all digital format creating a $80,000+ burden for already struggling owners. But, they aren't all gone and they need YOU in their iconic lot. Soaking up some history while you watch the screen glow underneath the stars. 

To view images from my trip you can view my Trip Blog or Gallery. To purchase prints, please visit my shop. Last, but not least, if you would like to be updated about the book and new images as they are released, please join my mailing list at the bottom of this web page (emails once a week, if that.)

104th St. Drive-in located in Portland, OR. All that remains is this marquee.

104th St. Drive-in located in Portland, OR. All that remains is this marquee.

Me and my map as I first began to plot out locations to visit.

Me and my map as I first began to plot out locations to visit.

Abandoned drive-in Yerington, Nevada

Abandoned drive-in Yerington, Nevada

Click the image to view and interactive map of my travels with images I took at each place.

Click the image to view and interactive map of my travels with images I took at each place.