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W E D N E S D A Y

In truth, it was never the best way to view a film, but that wasn’t quite the point. The drive-in theater was both a brazen example of this nation’s pigheaded fixation on the automobile, and a celebration of our incurably inventive and optimistic character. That the first drive-in appeared during the Depression—in California, of course—is evidence of the latter point. In 1957, there were 5,000 “passion pits.” Good luck finding one today. Drive-In Blues shines some final light on the dimming phenomenon. Shown in conjunction with the exhibition “Ticket to Paradise” at noon at the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW. FREE. (202) 272-2448. (DN)