Remembering the Drive-In
There’s a stretch of land off the highway not far from where I grew up. It’s more of an overgrown field now really, but a few decades ago, it was the place to hang with friends and watch a movie. The Sundown Drive-In was a hot spot where cars would pull in loaded with families and brown grocery bags full of popcorn. The audio of the double feature would play out of not quite HD-quality metal speakers hooked to the side of the car. Good times.
June 6 marked the 79th anniversary of the first drive-in and Google’s homepage icon paid tribute with an animated video. A nice 30-second clip captured an entertainment outlet that began in New Jersey in 1933 with the film “Wife Beware.”
Today, there are still a few drive-in theaters in operation across the U.S. Places such as the South Bay Drive-In in San Diego and the Galaxy Drive-In Theatre in Garrett, Texas, screen movies in the open air every night. And not just classics like Creature from the Black Lagoon or Westworld, but the latest like The Avengers and Madagascar 3.
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