Cinema Under the Stars and America’s Love Affair with the Drive-In

Cinema Under the Stars‘ When Richard M. Hollingstead Jr. first projected a movie onto a white bedsheet stretched between two trees at his home in Camden, New Jersey in 1933, little did he know that he was on the verge of creating an entirely new entertainment industry. With America just beginning its romance with the automobile, it is no surprise that the general public found this new form of movie going irresistible.’ —extract taken from Elizabeth McKeon and Linda Everett’s book (pictured above) Cinema Under the Stars: America’s Love Affair with the Drive-In Movie Theater, which can be found in the 2nd Air Division Memorial Library. Click on the image to reserve your copy.

The Norwich Business Improvement District and the Forum are providing the people of Norwich a glimpse of this American love affair with the Drive-In or outside movie experience with their OpenAir Screen and Norwich Evenings Film Nights.

Showing every Thursday at 8pm from 12 June 2014 until 10 July 2014, classic retro films will be shown on the Open Air Screen outside The Forum. The series began last night with the showing of the American film Ghostbusters!

The film nights form part of Norwich BID’s Head Out, Not Home free summer entertainment programme and they are offering a long list of classic films as possibilities for screening–many of them quintessential American films like Grease, Singing in the Rain, Back to the Future, Jurassic Park and Breakfast at Tiffany’s many of which are based on either classic American novels or American Broadway shows!


If you want to get all the behind the scenes information about the film before or after the screenings, stop by your local American library on the way! We are located just inside the Forum and we offer an extended selection of books on American film, Broadway, Hollywood and the original novels in which the films are based. Here is a list of just a few that we have in stock for you to explore! Click on the image to reserve your copy today!


Broadway MusicalsBreakfast at Tiffanys




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