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Based on the Islander Drive-In on Stock Island.
When the "Islander" first opened on Stock Island in February 1953, it had the largest
screen in the state of Florida. It had parking for 600 cars and opened with "The Cimarron Kid"
starring Audie Murphy and Yvette Dugay.
The drive-in's peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas,
with some 4,000 drive-ins spreading across the United States. Among its advantages was the fact
that a family with a baby could take care of their child while watching a movie, while teenagers with
access to autos found drive-ins ideal for dates.
In the 1950s, the greater privacy afforded to patrons gave drive-ins a reputation as immoral, and
they were labeled "passion pits" in the media. During the 1970s, some drive-ins changed from
family fare to exploitation films, as a way to offset declining patronage and revenue. In fact some
producers in the 1970s would make exploitation films directly for the drive-in market.
|Adam's Solo Show On The Princess Emerald cruise to The Carribbean
The modern romanticism of Adam Scott Rote is a bold meditation on the nature of
time as well as an invitation to observe closely the unappreciated beauty that surrounds
us. Adam utilizes his singular technique to put across many ideas. Forgotten buildings
are falling apart yet glorious in their decay. An elegant figure, radiating mid 20th century
sophistication, is translucent, acknowledging the equal importance of person and place.
And through the window, the outside world, so full of promise, is unaware of the scene
playing out before us. These disparate notions coalesce in the mind of the viewer, and
we are rewarded with visceral pleasure, watching an artist elucidate the mechanics of his
Chris Lyon Author, Playwright
Chloe Fine Arts San Francisco, Ca.