Smut at the Drive In – Heating Up the Screens and Steaming Up the Car Windows

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11-5-82, Hendersonville, TN – No censored titles here! Sadly, this was near the end of this DI’s life.

It’s time to go back to the Drive In when the Sleaze was all night long and sometimes in the public view! Through The 70’s, the Drive In was facing some major challenges to it’s business, especially that of the growing amount of multiplexes and cinemas in the malls which were bringing in the customers. One of the most successful battle plans was to throw on the sleaze because most of them were already the “Passion Pits” where what was going on the screen was going on in a lot of the cars.

For those who were alone, many of these films were pretty good choices to watch and wish in the comfort of the car in seclusion. Either way a film was enjoyed or served as a backdrop for the night, many of the movies re-ran for years up to and including the Last Run era when it was almost mandatory to keep the business open with these films.

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3-24-75, Cuyahoga Falls, OH, where all of these films were safe to see on the screen, but might get your “Ascot” if you tried to live these out in real life. Such was the guilty pleasures of 70’s Sin-ema. Actually, Sixteen was more of a Drama so-starring Mercedes McCambridge that fitted in well when it was playing with the EuroSex flicks of the day.

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11-10-78, Akron – With Christina Lindberg as the star, Anita, Swedish Nymphet was a serious hit film with theaters that still played these films. To those asking, Sugar Cookies was an early Troma re-release back in the day when they were more Sexploitation before it turned into the house that Toxie built as Lloyd Kaufman was a Co-Producer of the film originally released by General Film Corporation. .

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11-24-78 – A nice “Got Your Back” ad with Love in Tokyo with (I think) Roman Polanski’s What? that was released in The US as Diary of Forbidden Dreams.

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2-27-76, Spartanburg, SC – John Lamb’s kinky flick was showing with deep Sleep, the film known for getting Kim Pope into some trouble, and the tasty Sandra (always a wise choice to fill up the screen).

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3-6-76, Spartanburg, SC – Another South 29 Night of “Rated Ex” flicks including Eroticon, a cult hit film that started it’s sin-ematic life back in 1971 which kind of dates the “Ladies and Gentlemen of Now” ad line, but I don’t think anyone was taking note.

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3-12-76 – A nice small ad for Love Lust and Violence with Lecher. The first film was AKA Mafia Girls, but not the familiar 1969 released by RAF film that played a bit on the DI scene. .

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6-6-75, Long Beach – Although I wished that it was 76 just to have a 6-6-6 kind of date, this ad is a must-post! The DI housed 1000 cars and had a sail boat painted on it’s front, but with this blog, it’s known for having Adult Movie programs like this.

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6-26-75, Long Beach – …and this!

8-6 and 10-1-76 – High Point, NC, The Tar Heel Drive In’s Kitten Club was a mainstay of the DI’s last years.

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9-17-76, Abilene

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9-4-76, Coleman, TX – Some say that this DI lasted until the Late 60’s, but it was still living in the Mid-70’s with the Adult stuff. I’m sure it closed up in the Late 70’s.

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6-18-76, Carksville, IN – I will be planning to get more ads from this theater which shut down it’s DI part although the indoor portion is still open, but I seriously love the ads that are in my collection now. A cute woman in boots is always a nice touch to any ad!

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4-9-76 – This is a keeper! The Theatair X advertised with two indoor screens to have your weekend panned!

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2-25-75, Louisville – The South Park DI was another hot spot to see the spicy stuff.

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4-30-76, Statesville, SC – The low-budget twisted tale of Janie was not exactly a big hit, but it had some plays here and there. It was kind of creepy when seen under the stars. Here, “Schoolgirl Report ’75” was was the second of the Reports released very late in the game and without much fanfare.

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10-19-84, Akron – This small ad has it all – Horror and Sleaze in Akron at a DI in the Early 80’s! The leading Sleaze feature on Screen 2 was courtesy of SRC with a title that was promoted with an ad that looked like Making Love which could be any of the Hemisphere EuroSex flicks of The 70’s it played under a number of titles. Screen #1 was for the Drive In Ghouls with Driller Killer, Blood Eaters (Toxic Zombies), Flesh Grinders (TV Mikel’s Corpse Grinders), and Drive In Massacre!

Being a 1984 ad, I seriously wonder if The Seducers was the 1969 film with Rosalba Neri which was a small hit when released through Cinemation or if it was Death Game which had an AKA of The Seducers.

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~ by screen13 on January 17, 2017.

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