If you have never been to one you won’t understand, a piece of America that sadly is gone.
Pico Drive-In Theater c.1950
Californias first drive in theater
opened September 9, 1934
I got my driver’s license in 1959 and the first thing I did was pick up my honey that night and head off to the Rte-303 Drive-in in Blauvelt, NY. I remember there was an active Nike base right next to the drive in. For you youngsters the Nike was an anti-aircraft missile. Sites ringed new York City and other cities. Them damned Ruskies were gonna bomb us.
I grew up a quarter mile from The Motor View drive in that is of course no longer there.
I have done the hide in the trunk thing but there was a small hill right behind the back fence and we had a shelf dug out with room for several chairs and had a way to get through the fence to go to the snack bar too.
I do know there is one left West of Portland that we keep saying we need to go to. It’s about 35 miles from here.
This place is open in Jersey. The guy who opened it was our Pediatrician. Interesting backstory as to why he opened a Drive In. He has a few kids and lives in a normal neighborhood and was sick of the theater prices. His food prices were reasonable (not sure what they are now) and has a nice menu. He shows first run movies and not B rolls or out of circulation flicks. I’m not website savvy but maybe you can put up a picture or two from his site.
Last drive-in movie I watched was southern California 1979, movies were Hills Have Eyes and with it showing Lust In The Dust with Divine aka Harris Glenn Milstead, died in 1988.
drive in’s would never work today. blacks would screw them up.
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