Monday Motivator #37 – The Drive In

There was a day when movies were a tailgate party, families with children stuffed into the back of the station wagon parked next to a teen date or to a couple with steamed windows with no interest in the movie at all. There was a fee per person, which only inspired truck stuffing to save some coin. As we watch films on phones, there was something socially cool with the Drive-In era.

Concession promotions, cartoons, loud teenagers, it was full on Americana.

A terrible mono speaker hanging through the window upgraded to a AM or FM radio signal that could be picked up on the car radio.

The first drive-in theater opened in New Jersey in 1933. By 1958, there were over 4000 drive-ins were in operation in the US.  Today, there are less than 400 open drive-in theaters in the US.

Why are they gone?  The urban sprawl and the rise of land values, daylight savings, color tv and eventually cable tv and more. Many drive-in movie sites remain, repurposed as storage or flea markets.

Not hating on the comfy theaters with massive digital 3D screens, Dolby sound and the modern film experience, but how about a social encounter now and again.  The bowling alley survives, so should the drive-in.

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One thought on “Monday Motivator #37 – The Drive In

  1. NO MORE DRIVE INS AND NO MORE GARGLED SPEAKERS TO PUT IN THE CAR WINDOW
    IF THERE WERE ANY SPEAKERS LEFT THAT CARS DIDNT DRIVE OFF WITH THE SPEAKERS

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