Picture of the Week #38: Carl Weese’s Abandoned Drive-ins

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The most striking feature in this month’s edition of Little White Lies, the ever immaculately designed movie magazine, is a compilation of photographs from Julia Solis’s abandoned theatres project, which includes some spectacular images of derelict, decaying movie palaces. You can see a slideshow of the images here. Searching for more of her work brought me to Carl Weese’s similarly poignant, slightly more plaintive pictures of drive-in theatres in North America, most of them run down and emptied of patrons. It’s a blunt reminder of how viewing contexts for movies have changed over the years, with the gradual miniaturisation of media platforms leaving the epic scale of these venues seeming obsolete and unloved.

See more of Carl Weese’s photographs here.

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