Were celebrating the 75th anniversary of something that is as American as baseball, and thats the drive-in movie theater, says photographer Zachary S. Malham. I personally got on this drive-in mission thats what I call it about 25 years ago here in the West. We were passing through Green River, Utah, back in 83, and ironically enough, it was the fiftieth anniversary of the drive-in, which I was oblivious to. There was a drive-in there called Dunhams, and I shot it, and it was in a total state of disrepair and neglect.
Two years later, Malham and his wife, Donna, were driving past Green River again, so they got off the highway to see what had become of Dunhams. It was gone, he remembers. I thought, if drive-ins are being torn down in a town thats close to dying, whats happening across the rest of the West?
I kind of went on this mission without even realizing that 25 years later, it was going to culminate in the diamond anniversary of the drive-in theater, and when I found this out last year just by chance that 2008 was going to be the 75th anniversary, I told Donna: This is why Ive been shooting these drive-ins, Malham says.
His quarter-century journey has culminated in a special exhibit, The Drive-In Movie Theater, which is on display through September at the Photographers Gallery, 2426 East Third Avenue in Cherry Creek; catch the photographs and a stunning collection of drive-in memorabilia. Visit www.photogallerydenver.com or call 303-780-9317.
Starts: Sept. 5. Daily, 2008