1960s Around Town
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Shopping, Dining & More
Fast food, discount stores, supermarkets, Googie architecture and drive-in theaters
Travel & Nightlife
Motels, travel destinations, cocktail lounges, Tiki and discotheques
In the 1960s, most fast-food places were still drive-ins.
McDonalds introduced their Filet-o-Fish sandwich in 1963, and their Big Mac in 1968.
Colonel Sanders opened his first restaurant in the 1930s. In 1952, he closed this location and began selling his famous fried chicken in other restaurants on a franchise basis. By 1964, he had started his own chain, resulting in over 600 restaurants selling his finger lickin' good chicken.
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Dog n' Suds
A relic from the past...the drive-in car window tray!
Dog n' Suds
Vintage Fast Food Collectibles
The Drive-In Restaurant Page
Kentucky Fried Chicken History
We loved to travel by car, and many family vacations were spent on America's new freeways and interstates. When it was time to eat, there was always a clean, wholesome family restaurant waiting at the next exit.
Under The Orange Roof: Howard Johnson's
Good Eats: Restaurant Postcards
Bob's Big Boy
Click here for more places to eat!
Not familiar with Googie? Just think Jetson's, and you get the idea!
Also known as Populuxe and Coffeeshop Modern, Googie design became popular in the 1950s and could be found in coffeeshops, motels, bowling alleys and cocktail lounges. Many signs also used Googie themes.
Googie Architecture Online
American Sign Museum
The World Of Shag: Retro Artwork
Although neon signs
are still around,
the 1960s were
Zig-zag roofs were a common sight on public buildings in the 1960s
characteristics of the Googie look
*amoeba and boomerang shapes
*upswept or zig-zag roofs
*space-age motifs (atoms, sputniks)
*large plate-glass windows
*pastel colors like pink, orange and turquoise
A typical 1960s lobby:
turquoise, googie and even some Tiki influences
Places To Go
just for fun
Bowling was a great activity for both adults and teens.
Drive-in theaters were as popular as ever. In the 1950s, the local drive-in was a great place to park with your girlfriend. In the 1960s, going to the drive-in was a family affair. For kids, who were allowed to wear their pajamas, it was just like a giant slumber party. If they were lucky, their family had a station wagon where they could fall asleep.
The first drive-in theater opened in 1933. They reached the height of their popularity in 1961, when there were 6,000 outdoor cinemas across the country. After this, their numbers began to fall. One of the culprits was the controversial policy of daylight savings time. Darkness didn't fall until well after 9:00 p.m., which was too late for the family crowd. Suburban sprawl was another reason for the decline of drive-ins. Land on the outskirts of town was becoming quite valuable, and many drive-in owners were beginning to sell out.
Drive-In Resource Page
Before women started wearing their hair long and straight, they spent a lot of time at the beauty parlor.
Before the late 1960s, large concert venues were generally restricted to orchestra performances and stage plays. Rock music was heard at the local teen club or sock-hop. In the late 1960s, concert halls dedicated to rock were opening all across the country, and many old ballrooms were converted into hip venues for psychedelic rock concerts.
Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
The Avalon Ballroom
New York City
The Fillmore East
Winter Garden Theater
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