As it turns out, the building is still standing. So below are two more shots of this ghost of cheap Midwestern entertainment, retrofitted for commercial storage years ago.
Afterdays Media focuses on archaeological views of our contemporary culture. Artifacts, art, or cultural phenomena that picture us in the past tense.
Saturday, June 30, 2012
The Springfield Drive-In was the first outdoor theater to open in that Midwestern city – sometime during the early 1950s, I believe. It closed during the early 1980s, after 30 years of intermission jingles and dubious picture and sound quality. The first image is of the concession stand as it was about five years into its abandonment – around 1988.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
|Even the opening titles of the film seem folky now.|
|1979 Italian ad art, following a very 1970s aesthetic.|
Like many such films of the era, this is as close to outsider art as professional motion picture production can get. The story follows its own, internal logic; the make-up effects are wonderfully abstract, imaginative, and entirely inept; and the general tone seems primitive and obscure.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Celebrating 25 years of obscure recordings of very damaged things, here is a preview from an upcoming Fossil Aerosol Mining Project release. Its actually older than 25 years – recorded with a Moog Prodigy back in 1983, four years before the naming of the band. Listen for the Zombi 2 relics, found at the abandoned drive-in. Click on the Moog to listen.
Enjoy, and please visit iTunes for more songs about the decay of us.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
The objects found in dead drive-in theaters represent their own class of artifacts. Fragments of marketing pitches for fake food, mixed together with the debris of selling second-run cinematic fiction. All stirred together in a post-apocalyptic, pop-culture, mildewed stew. We started collecting such material during the early 1980s. One of the more surprising relics - a cassette recording of the audio from Zombi 2 (evidently made by someone in the projection booth), was used in some of the earliest Fossil Aerosol Mining Project recordings.
A cache of concession stand packaging.
A display counter acetate of a zombie hot dog.
A box for selling Sprite.
|A pleasantly decayed copy of ad mat for “Foolin
Around” and “Hot Stuff”. |
Poorly pasted-together mock-ups of ads, with notations and bird-dropping patina. Lovely.