The Big Screen Drive-In Theater
- Narrated by: Donald Davis
- Length: 54 mins
- Abridged Audiobook
- Release date: 10-20-00
- Language: English
- Publisher: August House
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Donald Davis spent three happy summers working at the local drive-in movie theater. His most memorable co-worker was "Mrs. Mease, who could tell by looking at a car's suspension how many people were in it." Davis’s gleeful delivery says it all - literally and figuratively. Another co-worker, Mr. Yant, the projectionist, "had the most wonderful and profane vocabulary," which left Donald continually hoping that the man would become irritated. Davis's delivery, with his Southern drawl, presents listeners with an audible picture of a man who "sleeps all day." Even those who've never seen an outdoor movie theater will feel they've missed something special.
The drive-in is dying. People can blame the demise on cable television, luxury theaters with sound systems so technical NASA engineers are needed to install them, or on a host of other modern conveniences and distractions. In reality, the drive-in operator of the Sulpher Springs Big-Screen Drive-In Theater hired a young Donald Davis to work his high school summers there. Employment at the Sulpher Springs Big-Screen Drive-In Theater consisted of working the concession stand, catching "slip-ins", and patrolling the back row to learn about love and life. The theater survives Davis and his friends' summer hijinks until Labor Day. When the last movie, The Guns of Navarrone, is almost over, and the theater could be closed for the winter, Davis and his crew find a way to close it down forever. For Ages 10 to Adult
©1990, 1996 Donald Davis, Storyteller, Inc. (P)1998 August House Publishers, Inc.
"Donald Davis has refined the craft of storytelling into a perfect blend of the oral tradition and creative fiction." (Booklist)