Where The Stars Come Out At Night!

Where The Stars Come Out At Night!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Blog

Where The Stars Come Out At Night!

There’s just something romantically old-fashioned about sitting outside and enjoying a film projected onto a huge screen. Here’s a little history on how all this heartwarming piece of Americana came to be:

Richard Hollingshead was a young sales manager at his dad’s Whiz Auto Products, who had a hankering to invent something that combined his two interests: cars and movies. His vision was an open-air movie theater where moviegoers could watch from their own cars. He experimented in his own driveway at 212 Thomas Avenue, Camden, New Jersey. The inventor mounted a 1928 Kodak projector on the hood of his car, projected onto a screen he had nailed to trees in his backyard, and used a radio placed behind the screen for sound.

The first patent for the Drive-In Theater (United States Patent# 1,909,537) was issued on May 16, 1933. With an investment of $30,000, Richard opened the first drive-in on Tuesday June 6, 1933 at a location on Crescent Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey. The price of admission was 25 cents for the car and 25 cents per person.