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80th Anniversary of the Drive-In Movies

By: Rachel Yonkunas Email
By: Rachel Yonkunas Email

On June 6th, 1933, the very first drive-in movie theater opened. The phenomena sparked 80 years ago, and by the 60’s, some 5,000 theaters opened across the country. They became an icon of American History.

“It is unlike any other movie theater because, for ours, you get two movies for the price of one and then you get a personal experience with just you and your family,” said Brooke Green, an employee at Continental Drive-In.

The very first drive-in movie was "Wives Beware"—a tragic comedy. Typical drive-in theaters show mostly B-list movies, but at the Continental Drive-in in Wicksburg, each theater showcased Hollywood's finest fare.

Unfortunately, these exciting experiences have trickled down to a mere 500 in the U.S.

Lacey Bundrick has brought her family to the drive-in for years. She said, “There are not a lot of them left. A lot of kids don’t get to go to them.”

Still, some would rather choose the drive-in over walk-in theaters.

"I like coming to the drive-ins because it’s a fun place to go with your friends, and probably not having to sit in the squishy theater seats,” laughed Ashlyn Moore.

For the few that remain, sit back, and enjoy the show.


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