In car-crazy America, you can pretty much drive to anything and there's a road to almost any destination. So it was inevitable that the drive-in theater was created in the United States.
Tastes change with the times, of course, and rising gas prices and road congestion are testing America's love of the automobile. The drive-in theater experience is changing, too, spurred in part by die-hard fans with a passion for al fresco films and also by business owners looking to cash in on nostalgia and change consumer expectations of what a drive-in is all about.
Richard Hollingshead opened the first drive-in theater in New Jersey in 1933, according to the United Drive-In Theatre Owners Association. Hollingshead even held a patent on the idea until the 1950s. Read full article »
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