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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

First Drive In Movie Theater

Forty seven years ago today the first drive in movie premiered. What movie was shown?? The movie went by the title "Wife Beware"

The man behind the Drive In theater was Richard M. Hollighshead. He began his inventing by hanging a sheet for a screen in his backyard. Later he would experiment in the driveway of his home in New Jersey. Hollingshead mounted a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car and projecting it onto a screen nailed to trees in his backyard. Behind the screen was a radio to create sound. He tried the system in his car with windows at different levels and in a variety of weather conditions.

Two shows a night on a screen 40 x 50 No need to wear anything special show up in your old clothes or P.J.s if you prefer. This activity was devised to allow you to be comfortable at the movies.

As a child I went to the drive in movies a couple of different times. My mother took us and we enjoyed the movies Star Wars and Nine to Five  Do you have any memories of the drive in theater?? I would love to have you share them. 

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