June 6, 2019 | by: Brian Symonds


Today is NATIONAL DRIVE IN MOVIE DAY! The first of the modern drive-in theaters opened on this day in 1933, in Camden, New Jersey. It held 400 cars, had a 40 x 50 ft (12 x 15 m) screen, and advertised with the slogan, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” The cost was $0.25 per car plus $0.25 per person. It was opened by Richard Hollingshead who had patented the concept (U.S. Patent #1,909,537) which featured ramped parking for better viewing. His patent was ruled invalid in 1950. Earlier attempts featured silent movies and impromptu car parking. There are very few drive-in’s remaining, with one of them being right in our very own backyard! The COLDBROOK & DISTRICT LIONS VALLEY DRIVE IN in Cambridge boasts digital projection, capacity for up to 400 cars and many renovations as of this spring. Each weekend from May until October there is a double-feature with a third film added when there is a long weekend! Get a carload of friends together and head to the Valley Drive In this weekend. It’s movie time! Use #DriveInMovieDay to post on social media.