According to today’s Google Doodle, it’s been 79 years since the first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey (only weeks after the patent was issued to Richard M. Hollingshead, Jr). The video accompanying it’s pretty cool.
There were a bunch of them here in Alabama – the list includes current and classic drive-in locations in the state – but the numbers have gotten down to twelve. While it’s probably going to be a little tough to find a copy of the 1932 British comedy Wives Beware (the 1st film ever shown in Camden) playing in Argo & Harpersville, you’ve got a chance to enjoy some recent releases this weekend locally – Madagascar 3 &/or Men in Black 3 (depending on the location). Yes, there’s probably a theme here.
The price has gone up a little bit too – from 25¢ for the car and an additional 25¢ for each person in the car in 1933 Camden to $5 for adults and $2 for children at metro Birmingham’s two current venues. Hopefully the rain will hold off for those of you wanting to check them out.