Invitation from the movie, "The Endless Summer" released in 1966

Invitation from the movie, "The Endless Summer" released in 1966

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Invitation for the movie The Endless Summer invites the holder to a screening of the movie on Tuesday June 14th at 8:45 pm at Kips Bay Theatre. After being turned down by Hollywood to distribute his film, Bruce Brown rented the Kips Bay Theatre in New York to prove his film had an audience. He had wanted to rent the theatre for a couple of weeks but ended up renting it for a year after The Endless Summer sold out most weekends. The Endless Summer movie was written, produced and directed by Bruce Brown. Brown also served as the narrator of this surf ‘diary’ following two young surfers for one summer, around the globe, in search of the “perfect wave.” It was in limited release in 1964 and released worldwide in 1966 grossing $5 million domestically and over $20 million worldwide. Its simplicity was part of its enduring appeal and while naïve and corny to today’s audiences it was an integral part of surf history. The Endless Summer introduced the world to surfing, a nation of bored teens to the idea of travel and created a popularity of surf culture that endures today.
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Object Name
invitation, surfing
date made
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 5 in x 6 in; 12.7 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
nonaccession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of R. Paul Allen
Motion Pictures
Entertainment, Film
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Snow & Surf
Popular Entertainment
Sports & Leisure
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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