Let's Go To a Drive-In Movie!

By | September 14, 2017

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Who remembers going to drive-in movies when you were a kid? I remember going a few times in my youth with my parents, we went to see “Smokey and the Bandit” on one outing. There was something special about sitting under the stars and watching the big screen from your car. You could be as loud as you wanted, eat snacks that you brought along with you and snuggle under a blanket, too!

Drive-ins are iconic, who can forget the scene in “Grease” when Danny and Sandy are at the drive-in and he get’s rejected by her, singing his sorrows of a no make-out session, with the movie screen in the background. Or “Back To The Future, Part III” when Doc Brown takes Marty to a deserted drive-in in 1955 so he can travel back to the wild west in 1855.

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The first drive-in opened in 1933, in Camden, NJ. The catch phrase at the time was “Movie Theater Let’s Cars Drive Right In!” Back then the idea of driving a car to watch a movie outdoors was new and exciting. Some showed B-movies, but most showed the same films as in indoor theaters. Admission to a drive-in back in the 50’s was only 25 cents a person and teens loved it! They could go out on dates, drink or smoke and sneak friends in the trunk of their car to save on admission. There are many reasons they were so popular in the 50’s and 60’s, but they were known as a “passion pit” by teenagers who would make out on their movie date.