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Item Name: Photograph
Title: Pines Drive-In, Prince Albert
Maker: Don Hall
Year: 1988
Country: Canadian
Materials: cibachrome print
Measurements: overall: 22.5 cm x 30 cm
ID Number: PC89.19

Extended Label Info: Don Hall's photographs depict rural and urban landscapes, architecture and portraits, most frequently with a Saskatchewan focus. Hall chooses subject matter that captures a sense of place and time. This photograph of the Pines Drive-In was taken in Prince Albert when the movie theatre was operational. The Pines opened in 1956 at a time when, as part of the post-WW II boom, cars became more affordable, and driving became a popular fad, complete with drive-in restaurants, theatres and even stores. The Pines could accommodate 350 cars. Over the years, as the convenience of televisions inspired movie-lovers to stay home, many theatre businesses went bankrupt. The Pines Drive-In closed in 2005. Hall’s composition is unusual in that it does not show any of the iconic drive-in movie architecture. Instead, it shows the back of the screen which visually resembles a barn. This photograph is also quite symmetrical, which brings emphasis to its visual attributes and imbues this barn with a stately, monolithic and important presence. Don Hall (1951- ) is a Regina-based photographer and dark-room printer. Born in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Hall began his studies at University of Regina (1968-1970) at a time when photography was a film and chemical based medium. He earned a Diploma of Photographic Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta. (1972) In addition to his studio practice, Hall worked at University of Regina as Manager of the Photography Department until 2014. A member of Saskatoon’s Photographers Gallery (now PAVED Arts), Hall co-edited a book with Randy Burton on Saskatchewan photography entitled, “Between Time and Place: Contemporary Saskatchewan Photography” (1989, Fifth House Publishers). His work has been exhibited nationally, and is held in numerous collections including the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa).