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Happy 80th Anniversary to the Drive-In Theater

Posted on 06/20/2013

The first "drive-in theater" opened on June 6, 1933, just outside of Camden, New Jersey.  The news was covered around the country.

San Diego Evening Tribune (7 June 1933)

Oregonian (8 June 1933)

San Diego Evening Tribune (10 June 1933)

 In their heyday in the 1950s and ‘60s, there were over 4,000 drive-ins in the U.S. Today it is estimated that only 400 drive-ins have survived. 

New Orleans Times-Picayune (1 Jan 1955)

The two near my hometown, the Tri-Town Drive-In and the Whalom Drive-In, closed many years ago. At the end of the night, did you ever drive away before removing the speaker from your car window? Good news today – you tune your car radio to a number on the FM dial. 

Seattle Times (21 Sept 1954)

Did you ever have friends hide in the trunk of your car because you did not have enough money for four tickets?

Trenton Times (18 March 1962)

For those of you who have never been to the drive-in, there are still some around. Make plans to go and enjoy a “night out” at the movies!

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