In 2011 and 2012, I had two shows that exhibited some of my photographs of dilapidated movie theatres across the state of Oklahoma. I had so many images that didn't make the shows, I thought I'd post some from time to time, just so anyone into that project could see some alternatives that didn't make the show for whatever reason. And, for people who never got to see it--you'll get to see some of the images for the first time. First up are three from one of the favorite places I took photos of: Ponca City's Airline Drive-In.
One interesting story about when I found this drive-in--I had to crawl through a bunch of dead brush and in between a barbed-wire fence just to make it inside. When I got in and saw the hay stacked in row upon row, I knew I had hit gold. For some of the theatres I came across, I would only take a few images of them before loading up the hasselblad and moving on. Not at the Airline. Since I'd crawled through a thicket to get to it, I took a lot of photos when I was in. I took shots of signs, the projection booth, abstract images of the screen and lots and lots of images with hay in them. I couldn't believe my good fortune of stumbling across the hay. Here are three of the outtakes.