'The comfort lies in all the things you can do': the Australian drive-in: cinema of distraction

Goldsmith, Ben (1999) 'The comfort lies in all the things you can do': the Australian drive-in: cinema of distraction. Journal of Popular Culture, 33(1), 153-164.

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Contrary to the claims of some film historians, the drive-in was not a uniquely American invention. Australian drive-in cinemas were, at least in the 1950s and 1960s, distinguishable from their American counterparts by virtue of the profusion of additional amusements (or distractions) they offered alongside film-viewing. This article traces the history of Australian drive-ins as ‘entertainment centres’ and ‘high temples of modernity’. It argues that the drive-in can usefully be understood as a mid-point between the domestic and public spheres, and a powerful symbol of post-WWII Australia, signifying prosperity, gathering consumer confidence and, in metropolitan areas, marking the path of urban development through its concentration in new, outer suburban areas.

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ID Code: 50359
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: American culture, Cinema attendance, Drive-in, Films
DOI: 10.1111/j.0022-3840.1999.3301_153.x
ISSN: 0022-3840
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 16 May 2012 00:24
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2012 22:19

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