Celebrating 75 years
It all started when Richard Hollingshead, Jr., an auto parts salesman began to experiment
by tacking a sheet between two trees, positioning a 1928 Kodak film projector on a car hood to project movies.. as he experimented,
he moved cars around in his yard and driveway to see how the picture can be seen with more than one car; he used speakers
behind the sheet for sound, and used his water sprinkler to test visibility in rainy weather....
On May 16, 1933 Hollingshead was awarded a patent for his invention. On June
6, 1933 he opened the first automobile drive-in theatre in Camden, NJ. The first
movie was the British comedy: "Wife Beware". Ten months later, a second drive-in theatre was opened by Wilson
Shankweiler in Orefield, PA. By
1958 over 4,058 drive-ins were open and operating.
Unfortunately, in the 60's, 70's & 80's many drive-in theatres began to vanish
from the American roadside. Depsite many challenges, the remaining 397 drive-in theatres in the United States are thriving today! You will see families, children and
couples re-discovering the drive-in! Why? Each drive-in theatre experience is full of magical memories, that you can not
get ANYWHERE ELSE-- that is why we say:
"IT'S THE ONLY WAY TO SEE A MOVIE!"
2008 represents the 75th anniversary year for drive-in theatres;
if you have not experienced attending a drive-in theatre lately; why wait? Make
2008 the year--that you re-discover why movies are magical under the stars!