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Mojave Blues

Mojave Blues

Filmmaker Harun Mehmedinovic a few days ago uploaded this stunning time-lapse video of storms and the nighttime skies over Route 66 in California’s Mojave Desert. If you watch this on a personal computer, I advise you watch it in full-screen mode…

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Sky View Drive-In has new owners

Sky View Drive-In has new owners

The Paul family owned the Sky View Drive-In Theatre along Route 66 in Litchfield, Illinois, for the last 30 years. By early March, another family in Litchfield also will own the theater. The Sky View is under contract to be bought by two…

Chinese film includes Route 66 as a setting

Chinese film includes Route 66 as a setting

A Chinese romance film, “Run for Love,” prominently features Route 66 as one of its settings, reported China Daily. “Run for Love,” which will be released in Chinese theaters on Feb. 14 (not a coincidence), features five love stories filmed by…

An interview with Laurel Kane

An interview with Laurel Kane

In 2012, Afton Station matriarch Laurel Kane was interviewed by Simon Cantlon and Justin Nathanson for their “Motels on Route 66” documentary film. The duo still are working on their movie. However, with the announcement of Kane’s death last week, they…

Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar nod

Tale from a Route 66 childhood gets an Oscar nod

I missed this when it was announced last week, but a Pixar animator now is an Academy Award nominee because of his short film, inspired by his childhood at a Route 66 motel in California. Sanjay Patel, with producer Nicole Grindle, were nominated for…

Decade-old Cars film still draws tourists to Route 66

Decade-old Cars film still draws tourists to Route 66

In a few months, the Disney-Pixar animated Cars film will mark its 10th anniversary. Because of its setting included the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, the film brought several years’ worth of new tourists to the real Route 66. Based…

Coliseum Ballroom film will previewed at tribute show

Coliseum Ballroom film will previewed at tribute show

A documentary film about the Coliseum Ballroom in Benld, Illinois, will be previewed at a Feb. 20 tribute show for the former Route 66 landmark. According to the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois: “Memories of the Coliseum Ballroom,” which will…

Coleman Theatre marks 20 years of organ’s homecoming

Coleman Theatre marks 20 years of organ’s homecoming

The Coleman Theatre in Miami, Oklahoma, is marking the 20th anniversary of the homecoming of itsMighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. The organ was built in 1928 and installed at the theater before its opening a year later, reported the Joplin Globe.…

Melba Rigg retires from Cars on the Route

Melba Rigg retires from Cars on the Route

Melba Rigg, one of the original four women of the 4 Women on the Route station in Galena, Kansas, before its name changed to Cars on the Route, announced her retirement over the weekend. Rigg wrote on a Facebook post: This video…

A profile of Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A profile of Bagdad Cafe’s owner

A lot of people — especially Europeans — know about the Bagdad Cafe in Newberry Springs, California, and its draw as the setting for the 1987 film “Bagdad Cafe.” But not many know about Andree Pruett, owner of the Route…

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