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Giving new life to abandoned and operational drive-in theaters nationwide, through a photographic road trip.
Giving new life to abandoned and operational drive-in theaters nationwide, through a photographic road trip.
79 backers pledged $5,241 to help bring this project to life.

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We have officially made our goal and with 65 hours to spare!  Thank you to everyone who has donated and shared!  There is still time left though.  Anything above the $5,000 goal just means I can can stay on the road longer and will go into publishing the resulting book.

Hi, I’m Lindsey Rickert and with your help, I am going to embark on a road trip around the country to photograph as many drive-in theaters as I possibly can. The resulting images will eventually be compiled into a coffee table book.  But, first things first, I have to make it to all of the locations! Thank you so much for looking at my project, and if you are inspired by it, please share it with your friends!

Click the image to see a closer look at my route!
Click the image to see a closer look at my route!

The Backstory:

Drive-In theaters symbolize a part of America’s past. As we move forward in a digital world, we are watching these theaters become ruins before our eyes. The number of drive-in theaters has declined from over 4,000 locations during its heyday in the 1950s, to less than 400 still operating today. Last year, the film industry converted to an all-digital format, creating an $80,000+ burden for already struggling drive-in theater owners.

Through all of this, there has been an amazing pushback from communities around the country to keep this piece of history alive. Numerous campaigns have been launched to save drive-in theaters, with support being wildly successful for some. Communities have come together to keep these relics as a part of our lives. I want to capture this dynamic while it's happening. I want to create images that intertwine our past, present, and future with this American icon, and I also want to keep you with me via my trip blog!

The Funds:

I will be embarking on this trip regardless of funds raised, but how far I can get and how long I can stay on the road relies upon you. I will need a few days at each drive-in location for scouting, finding models and gathering props in order to ensure that I capture the perfect photographs before moving to the next location. Kickstarter funds will help defray travel expenses, such as gas, food, and campsites. I will keep trip costs down by staying with as many friends and family members as I can along the way, as well as camping, and if I have to, even sleeping in my car.

The Feel:

My photographic style is not to document a moment in time as it is happening, but rather to create a moment in time for the sole purpose of capturing it. Since my work is often influenced by cinema, it seems only natural to use such a cinematic icon as my subject matter. Here are some examples of my past work to help you get a sense of my style.

To view more of my work, you can visit my website www.lindseyrickert.com.

The Route: 

I will be leaving in mid-July. The route for this trip will heavily depend upon the success of this Kickstarter. It's my goal to be on the road for 2-3 months so that I have ample time to circle the country. I have based my trip off of 27 abandoned drive-in theater locations that I have been inspired by. Next, I am working on filling in the route with theaters that are still operational.

Each stop will take time and planning. Some locations may take only one day to capture, while others take three days, so the schedule will be flexible. As the Kickstarter campaign progresses and I have a better understanding of the funds I will be working with, more locations will get added and the plan will become more solidified. I am always open to suggestions on theaters so if you know of one, please email lindsey@lindseyrickert.com! 

To keep up with this project, please visit www.drive-inamerica.com.

Huge thank you to Derek Willis for helping with the video!

Risks and challenges

As with any road trip, the biggest challenge will be keeping the car running safely for the entire journey. Before hitting the road I will be taking precautions and getting the car checked out and serviced where needed. I will keep up on regular maintenance throughout the trip. And most importantly I have AAA!

I will also be trying secure business sponsorships that will help cover the costs of maintenance.

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    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    A handwritten postcard from the road with an image from one of the drive-ins! Who doesn't love receiving postcards? Plus, your name in the acknowledgements section of the resulting book!

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    A handwritten postcard with a drive-in image on it, plus three 4x6" limited edition snap shots from my adventure, and your name in the acknowledgements section of the resulting book!

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    A handwritten postcard from the road, an 8x12" print from the drive-in of your choice, and your name in the acknowledgements section of the resulting book.

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    An 8x12" print of the drive-in of your choice plus, an exclusive digital map of all the drive-in locations I visit so you can go exploring too and your name in the acknowledgements section of the resulting book!

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    All the perks of the $50 donation with an upgrade of a PDF of the resulting book!

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    Two 8x12" prints from the drive-ins of your choice, a digital PDF of the resulting book, an exclusive digital map and your name in the acknowledgements section of the resulting book!

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    Are you a business owner or fellow artist? Donate $100 and receive a sponsored blog post on my trip blog where I will give an exclusive shout out to your business!

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    All the perks of the $100 donation with an upgrade of a signed copy of the resulting book! Be one of the first people to own the book!

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    A 12x18" print from the drive-in of your choice, a digital PDF of the resulting book, an exclusive digital map and your name in the acknowledgements section of the resulting book!

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    Live in the Portland, OR metro area and want to do a photo shoot with me? Donate $250 and receive a one hour photo session of your choice with me as well as a thumb drive of the final edited images from our shoot!

    You will also receive a PDF of the resulting book and your name in the acknowledgements section!

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    Do you live within 100 miles of my route? Donate $500 and receive an exclusive one hour photo shoot with me. We will create a unique narrative just for you and you will receive a thumb drive of the final edited images!

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    Not on my route? Donate $1,000 and you can be! (lower 48 states only) I will come to you and we will do a one hour portrait session. You will receive a thumb drive of the final edited images and a framed 12x18" print of your choice!

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    Advertise on my car! I'm driving it all over the country, might as well utilize it to its fullest potential!

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