Astro Daters and Grindhouse Bumpers
This is a fan nickname given to probably the most well-known set of theatre snipes ever made, created by the National Screen Service in the late 1960s.
Bumper: On a multi-colored psychedelic screen, one of the following snipes appears from all sides and corners, merging at the center:
- Our Feature Presentation
- Prevues of Coming Attractions
- Coming Soon
- Our Next Attraction
- Starts Friday
- Starts Saturday
- Starts Sunday
- Starts Monday
- Starts Tuesday
- Starts Wednesday
- Starts Thursday
- Friday Saturday
- Friday Saturday Sunday
- Saturday-Sunday Matinee
- Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday
- Also Selected Short Subjects
- Late Show Friday & Saturday
- Children's Matinee
- No Smoking in This Theatre
- Sometimes, the snipes would demerge and return the way they came.
- The merge is faster on some snipes.
Technique: Camera-controlled animation.
Music/Sounds: An abridged version of the 1968 go-go-like tune called "Funky Fanfare" by Keith Mansfield. Sometimes it's silent.
Availability: Various, ranging from uncommon (Our Feature Presentation and Prevues of Coming Attractions) to extinct (several of the lesser-known Daters). Used at drive-in theaters by various companies in the 1960s and 1970s. Made a surprise reappearance on certain Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino films Kill Bill: Volume 1 (2003), Machete Kills (2013), and their 2007 double feature Grindhouse (Planet Terror/Death Proof).
Legacy: This is a cult classic among moviegoers.