On this day in 1933, the first drive-in theater opened near Camden, New Jersey. It had room for some 400 cars and it cost just 25cents per car and 25 cents more for each passenger.

Growing up, our family used to go the drive-in to catch a movie almost weekly. Dad would get a good spot in the middle, then my brother and I would get out of the car and run up to the playground in front of the big screen.

Mom and Dad sat in the front seat and we were in the back. I remember having to lean over a little to see around Dad to see the movie. I always envied those that had station wagons, because they could back up, lay down the back seats, stretch out and watch the movie.

Drive-ins were great in that you could just pull up in your car, take the speaker and hang it on you car door window and then watch the movie. But if you were with you favorite girl, who watched the movie, right? Sometimes that didn't go well either.

Most drive-in theaters closed down in the late 60's and early 70's, but some survived, becoming multi-screen venues like the Stars &
Stripes drive-in
theatre here in Lubbock.

Well, let's all go to the snack bar and get something to eat.