Based on one of my favourite decades, the 1950′s, I wanted to create an icon of the time. A classic drive-in theatre. Combined with what I’ve seen in films, such as Grease and research online, I started my design. I decided to name my theatre Mel’s Drive-in, from American Graffiti.
I am aware that the in American Graffiti it was a drive-in restaurant and not a theatre, but that’s where artistic liberty comes in. The Drive-in features a drive-up concession stand, gravel ground, classic cars of that era and speakers next to each of those cars.
Also such details as a ticket booth and projection booth were scratch built. The projection booth also has a small strobe light on the inside to mimic a old school projector. But the crown jewel of it all is the working projection screen, which I made form an android tablet. The tablet is 7″ and can hold 4 gigs of video. It is a touch screen and slides right into a pocket I created for it. Wax paper was used in front of the screen to get rid of the “glass look” and give it more of a projected look.
Own this one of a kind, hand made miniature of Mel’s Drive in Theater. Perfect as a gift for a fan of the 50′s or a great addition to any model railroad project. Built in switch to turn on all lights and a removable LCD tablet that you can put any movie on. Item comes in a custom made base that can be removed to blend this Drive-In with any model railroad layout.
Scale: 1:87 (Ho)
Moving parts: Working LCD Screen for projector
Display Case: Yes (Removable Base)
Lighting: Yes (LED with switch, Battery)
Copies Made: 0 (Original 1 of 1)
Certificate Of Authenticity: Yes