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Drive-In venues for movies, concerts and other events became a big trend, especially in the spring and summer months when the weather warmed up and the spread of the coronavirus went down. Drive-In events became a fun way to get out of the house and actually do something that reminded us of pre-pandemic life.

Today we celebrate the first-ever drive-in movie theater opening in the U.S. 89 years ago in Camden New Jersey. A guy named Richard Hollingshead opened the very first drive-in theater in the city “on what’s now Admiral Wilson Boulevard on the border of Pennsauken. The first movie shown was the British film “Wives Beware.” It cost 25 cents per car, plus an additional 25 cents per person.

Drive-in theaters became a fixture across the United States after World War II, peaking at more than 4,000 movie theaters in the 1950s. Hollingshead’s theater was unfortunately short-lived as it closed less than three years after its opening.

There are only two remaining drive-in movie theaters in New Jersey: the Newark Moonlight Cinema and Delsea Drive-In Theatre in Vineland.

Have you been to a drive-in lately?

Click the link below to see those old school advertisements that were shown at the drive-in back in the day.