Top Seven Reasons We Miss The Drive-In

It was on this day, 75 years ago, that Richard Hollingshead Jr. opened his first drive-in theater in Camden, New Jersey. At its peak, there were nearly 5,000 drive-in movie theaters across the country. In the post-WWII period, the drive-in represented both the emergence of the teenage leisure class and our country's… » 6/06/08 12:00pm 6/06/08 12:00pm

Zombies Prefer Drive-In Snack Bar Cuisine

When I worked at a drive-in theater in the early 80s, we had a few of the traditional low-budget snack bar movies to show during intermission, but mostly we had even lower-budget slide-show ads. Yes, boring old still images to hawk our silverfish-infested popcorn (yes, really; silverfish like popcorn) and months-old… » 2/18/08 11:45am 2/18/08 11:45am

Now Serving Popcorn, Candy, and Purple Microdots At The Drive-In!

Sadly, the drive-in movie theater has all but disappeared from the American landscape (though Joe Bob Briggs is still going strong). I was fortunate enough to work at the ticket booth at Alameda's Island Auto Movie during its final year, and I became quite a fan of our snack-bar ads during intermission. However,… » 10/26/07 2:00pm 10/26/07 2:00pm