The first drive-in movie theater was opened on June 6, 1933, by salesman Richard M. Hollingshead in Camden, N.J
. On the bill was a twilight showing of the British comedy Wife Beware
. And so the drive-in era was born, peaking in 1958 with almost 5,000 theaters in the U.S alone. These days you'd be hard pressed trying to find one but thankfully there are plenty of handy lists online
telling you just where to find one (there's even one for Aussies like me!
). And that's not all we have to be thankful for; the drive-in scene is apparently witnessing something of a "mini-revival" at present
. Don't feel like going out? Then why not make your own? First you'll need instructions on how to build one
. Then you'll need intermission-advertisements (you can download or even just watch heaps of them for free here
). And then you'll need a handy list of the kinds of films they used to show at the drive-in
. If you're in the US, you'll need to know some of the special rules the FCC has for drive-ins
, and if you have any more questions, I'm sure the fine folk at the United Drive-In Theater Owners Association
could help. All of this sound like too much work? Then just sit back and check out the videos and photos on this nice site
(it's about drive-ins, of course!).
posted by Effigy2000
on Feb 18, 2008 -