Do you remember watching movies under the stars, in your automobile? That's right, the drive-in movies, aka Park-In Theaters! The concession stand offered the best popcorn around along with true fountain drinks made from dark, rich syrup. Some of the best times were not so much watching the movie while sitting inside the automobile as sitting on the hood of the car!
This Day in History: June 6, 1933
|First Drive-in Movie Theater. 6 June 1933|
What sparked Hollingshead's interest in a drive-in theater?
He first conceived the drive-in as the answer to a problem. "His mother was—how shall I say it?—rather large for indoor theater seats," said Jim Kopp of the United Drive-in Theatre Owners Association. "So he stuck her in a car and put a 1928 projector on the hood of the car, and tied two sheets to trees in his yard."
Source: The History of the Drive-in Movie Theater
First Drive-in Theater Images
Got some time to kill? If you remember the drive-in movies, you certainly remember the ads. The video below is a compilation of 158 ads from the 50s and 60s. Watching even a portion should definitely bring back the memories!
There are some fond, wonderful memories surrounding the drive-in movies. As of March 2014, a figure of 348 (down 9 from 2013) drive-ins has been published for the United States. It is for certain they have a place in history as a permanent part of American culture.
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What are your fondest memories of the drive-in movies?