Thanks to Richard Hollingshead Jr. mounting his Kodak projector on the hood of his automobile and projecting the image on a makeshift screen between some trees in New Jersey, he planted the seeds of the very first Drive-In Movie Theater. Hollingshead patented his invention and one month later, 79 years ago today, opened the Park-In Theater in Camden.
One of my earliest Drive-In movie memories was watching Richard Boone (Have Gun Will Travel) in William Overgard’s The Last Dinosaur back in 1977, this was before Star Wars mania overtook everything in my life of course.
Sadly it is has been reported that there are less than 400 Drive-In Theaters in operation today, so if you are lucky enough to have an operating Drive-In in your neck of the woods then why not visit it tonight and join in the anniversary celebration?
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