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Every month, The State of Things hosts a conversation about a topic in film. Host Frank Stasio talks with Laura Boyes, film curator at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and Marsha Gordon, film professor at North Carolina State University. And we want to hear from you. Submit your choices by email or tweet us with #SOTMovies.

Movies on the Radio: Drive-Ins and Outdoor Theaters

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'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' hit theaters, including drive-ins, in 1958. Campy horror films were popular drive-in fare, and outdoor screening venues now feature family favorites.

Going to a movie at a drive-in or outdoor screening makes memories: the picnic dinner with friends, that tinny sound coming through the car speakers, the joyous anticipation for the start of the movie as the giant screen looms out of the growing dusk. 

Whether you remember going to a drive-in as a teenager to see a cult classic like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” or brought your family and a picnic to a summer outdoor screening of an old favorite like “The Princess Bride,” these venues are as much about the experience as they are about the films themselves. Drive-ins may even make a comeback as the pandemic derails normal theater habits.

For the next Movies on the Radio, we want to know about your favorite drive-in or outdoor film experience. Email us your pick at, tweet at us with #sotmovie, or just comment below!

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