East 50 Drive-In Theater
The drive-in theater was a great place to watch car movies in the
50s, 60s and 70s. It was cheap, dark and had the best popcorn
ever. My favorite haunt, the East 50 Drive-In Theater is gone
forever. We can't bring it back, but we can still see the great car
flicks. Here's Cruise Night Cars' pick for the top 10+. Order on-line,
stick the popcorn in the microwave, and then hang on!
American Graffiti has it all--Cruzin', drag racing, inspiration point, drive-ins, Wolfman Jack, some of the
biggest stars of the 70s and 80s and memorable rock and roll hits from the era. This is the number
one "must own" car movie. Hollywood Knights--It's Halloween night 1965 and the Hollywood Knights
club out of town by closing their favorite hangout--Tubby's Drive-In. Great music, great cars and staring
Michelle Pfeiffer, Tony Danza and Robert Wulh. Two Lane Blacktop--Esquire Magazine called this
their movie of the year in 1971. It's the first, last and only film staring James Taylor and Dennis Wilson
(Beach Boys) as drag racing drifters racing Warren Oats across the backroads of America for "pinks."
Their word is a two-lane blacktop...no beginning...no end...no speed limit.
Vanishing Point--One of the greatest car chases in movie history. Barry Newman stars as
Kawalski who sets out to prove that he can drive from Denver to San Francisco in just 15
hours. Bullitt--Steve McQueen stars as Frank Bullitt in this 1968 Oscar winning film. Bullitt
features one of the most memorable car chases of all time. Gone in 60 Seconds--Nicholas
Cage stars in this remake of a classic car crash flick.
Winning--This movie introduces Paul Newman to the race car, an affair that continued the rest of his life.
Paul as "Frank" comes out of personal isolation long enough to marry a single mother, Elora (Joanne
Woodward). The two have a brief but happy life together with Elora's 13-year-old son, Charley (Richard
Thomas), but it comes to an end when Frank goes back on the racing circuit and Elora assuages her
loneliness in the arms of Frank's rival. Gone in 60 Seconds defined the genre of car-chase flicks. The
latest DVD is fully restored and digitally remastered to and film editing when it was released in 1966. Gran
Prix--James Garner heads an all-star cast in this definitive racing film that won three Oscars.