OPENING NIGHT IN THE OPEN AIR
A real American bit of nostalgia began today in 1933 – the first “drive-in” movie.
Although it was not really an outdoor theater setting yet, drivers paid 25 cents a car, plus 25 cents a person, to park in a cleared-out lot outside Camden, New Jersey and watch the British comedy, Wives Beware.
Far ahead of its time, Richard Hollingshead’s idea did eventually catch hold as cars became more readily accessible to the middle class and the idea of spending time in them caught the American imagination. The outdoor setting allowed a place where the whole family was welcome, and many seniors today can remember going in their pjs and falling asleep in the back seat.
During its heyday in the 1950s, The US boasted more than 4000 drive-in movie theaters. About 550 of those remain in business today.
Here is a large township map of New Jersey by Colton, issued in 1897.
Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.
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