I can clearly recall going to the "outside movies" during the 1950s and 1960s, with my siblings and parents. We'd stop at McDonalds and load up on 15 cent burgers and fries (they were cheaper than the movie snack bar), and head to the show.
Us kids use to spend our time on the playground on the swings or the merry-go-round, while sometimes stopping to see what was happening on the big screen. I had an appendix attack when I was 10-years-old while playing on the playground. I went down writhing in pain so my sister ran back to the car to get Dad.
He didn't know what to think but rushed me to the hospital where I had my appendix removed that night! Oh the memories! In the 1960s, I took more than one young lady to a drive-in movie, as it was an established place to make out!
From badfads.com ...
The first drive-in movie was shown in the driveway of Richard Hollingshead's Camden, New Jersey home. Hollingshead sat in his car while his 16 millimeter projector displayed a movie on a screen he projected.
He took this concept and expanded it with the idea of allowing hundreds of people to watch a movie from the privacy of their own automobiles.
On June 7, 1933, Hollingshead opened the world's first drive-in movie theater in Camden. Within the fan shaped, tiered parking lot and inclined ramps, more than 400 cars in eight rows came to watch a movie on a 30 x 40 foot screen. The theater was an immediate success and Hollingshead and his cousin created a drive-in movie theater franchise throughout the United States
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