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Front Of House At The 61 Drive-In, U.S. Route 61, Maquoketa, Iowa.

22-03-2009 · Comments (14)
Categories: Fuji Pro 400H  Hasselblad SWC/M  USA  

Having posted the outside of this drive-in a few days ago, I thought it only fair I show you the business end of the setup. Or at least part of it. Also taken on my beloved Hasselblad SWC, if I could only ever shoot with one camera again, this would be it. A dream to use and as sharp as a sharp thing. Taken as the photo illustrates at the 61 Drive-In which is situated, surprise, surprise on U.S. Route 61. The drive-in is situated close to the city of Maquoketa, Iowa. I really can't tell you much about the city as I didn't visit it. As it was, I drove by the drive-in twice without stopping which goes against my photo rules. So, with one day left I decided I'd get my ass back there to take a few shots. I picked a bitterly cold day and could only stay out of the car for 5 minutes at a time. It was the first time I had wandered around a drive-in. There isn't much there really, just the screen and the projection room, which is all you need I guess. This particular one you tuned to a certain radio frequency to listen to the soundtrack - I have no idea if that is general practice.
So, there are a few more of the place that will appear from time to time but at least this one identifies it for you. For those with an interest, here is an aerial view of the 61 Drive-In and the surrounding area. It would appear that the drive-in is situated on the old U.S. Route 61, which would account for why the road went nowhere!

I was thinking that night about Elvis
Day that he died, day that he died
I was thinking that night about Elvis
Day that he died, day that he died
Just a country boy that combed his hair
And put on a shirt his mother made and went on the air
And he shook it like a chorus girl
And he shook it like a Harlem queen
He shook it like a midnight rebel, baby
Like you never seen

Listening to: "Elvis Presley Blues" (Time - The Revelator) - Gillian Welch

Jeff Brouws

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