Today’s Google Doodle is an animated tribute to the first drive-in movie theater, which was opened in New Jersey 79 years ago on June 6, 1933.
The drive-in movie theatre enabled users to watch the movie in open space, from the comfort of their cars.
The drive-in theatre became very popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s, with some 4,000 drive-ins being open in the U.S. at one point, but due to real estate economics, they lost in popularity in subsequent years. There are now only about 366 drive-ins open in the U.S.
As a kid I remember going to a drive-in with my family. We would get their early and play on the playground, buy our snacks and huddle up in the car to watch a double feature. The first movie was a new release and the second was an older release, probably around the time it would have been on DVD in today’s world. It was a cheap night out, seating was as comfortable as a car can be, you could sit on the roof of the car to get an unobstructed view and you didn’t have to worry about making too much noise. I am usually happy to let go anything “old-fashioned”, but the drive-in movie is one that is sad to see disappear.