Google Doodle Celebrates The 79th Anniversary Of The First Drive-In Movie Theater!

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.
[Via] Vinsinlau’s YouTube Channel

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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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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