I Remember When...
Written by Chip Harris
Looking back, it’s hard to believe that one of the icons representing America’s love affair with automobiles and movies is becoming extinct. At one time the drive-in theater was as much the rage as multiplex stadium theaters are today.
The drive-in theater was invented and patented by Richard Hollingshead on May 16, 1933. A few weeks later, on June 6, 1933, the first operational drive-in theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey. Almost a year later, on April 15, 1934, the second drive-in, Shankweiler’s Auto Park, was opened in Orefield, Pennsylvania, and remains open to this day — America’s oldest drive-in theater celebrating its 75th year of operation.