Endnotes and Digressions:
1. Grey-tones for this installment by Chad Essley.
2. Would you like to know more? Check out the theater’s official Web site, www.99W.com — and be sure to read the section about the possible ambient-light threat from two proposed strip malls in Newberg. As Brian Francis writes, “These lights hamper our ability to bring you a bright and visible picture on our screen.”
3. You can learn more about that Volkswagen car club at AbsolutelyVolkswagen.org.
4. As usual, but especially in this case, there was a ton of fascinating stuff I couldn’t fit into the comic:
• There was the surprisingly grim pre-show trailer that told us that “America once had 4,063 drive-ins — only about 400 survive today.”
• There was this moment when I asked Francis about how his family had collected all the theater’s vintage trailers and memorabilia — and he replied, more or less, “Collect? We still have this stuff from when we originally got it!”
• And there was the near-psychedelic intermission reel — a compendium of scratchy, animated ads that urged patrons to visit the snack bar and go to church and keep their hands off each other, and which were so old-school they referred to hot dogs as “nutritious.”
Man, this is a great night at the movies.
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