Happy 78th Anniversary To The Drive-In Theatre!

One of the most enjoyable ways to watch a movie is 78 years old today, so if you are lucky enough to live near to one of the remaining Drive-In theatres in operation make sure to take some time tonight to pile into the car and spend an evening under the stars…watching the Hollywood stars.

Just make sure to come hungry so that you might enjoy some of the tasty treats your Drive-In concession stand has to offer!

Thanks to About.Com for the heads up on the 78th Anniversary and this bit of history:
“Richard Hollingshead was a young sales manager at his dad’s Whiz Auto Products, who had a hankering to invent something that combined his two interests: cars and movies.

Richard Hollingshead’s vision was an open-air movie theater where moviegoers could watch from their own cars. He experimented in his own driveway at 212 Thomas Avenue, Camden, New Jersey. The inventor mounted a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car, projected onto a screen he had nailed to trees in his backyard, and used a radio placed behind the screen for sound.

The first patent for the Drive-In Theater (United States Patent# 1,909,537) was issued on May 16, 1933. With an investment of $30,000, Richard opened the first drive-in on Tuesday June 6, 1933 at a location on Crescent Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey. The price of admission was 25 cents for the car and 25 cents per person.”

VicSage

Editor at Retroist
Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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6 thoughts on “Happy 78th Anniversary To The Drive-In Theatre!

  1. The Mrs. and I just went to one of our local drive-in theaters. There really isn’t a better movie watching experience out there. It’s so great and the company that runs it keeps that retro feel going strong. A great concession stand and old rock and roll playing before the movie. Good times…now if you’ll excuse me i have to see what’s playing this weekend!

  2. If a drive-in falls within 100 miles of where I live or within an hour of where I happen to be vacationing, I will go and visit it. An experience everyone needs to have.

  3. Jeremy says:

    I still remember as a kid going to the drive in theater. I remember that their BBQ sandwiches were the best I’ve ever had. I went a few times as an adult but its hard to rekindle those back seat memories. LOL

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