History of the Holiday Drive-In
The idea of watching a movie outdoors was born in 1921
In 1921, Claude Caver applied for a special permit from the city and screened the very first drive-in movie in downtown Comanche, Texas. Cars parked bumper-to-bumper to screen silent movies from their vehicles.
The first drive-in movie theater opened in 1933
Years later, Richard M. Hollingshead Jr. experimented with speakers mounted behind a screen nailed to the tree in his back yard. He measured the distance sound traveled, and determined the size and spacing that cars would need for a clear view of the screen. In 1933, Hollingsworth opened the country’s very first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey on a 40 ft by 50 ft screen.
Sound improvements helped the drive-in gain popularity
In 1941, RCA introduced speakers with individual volume controls which could be removed from their mount and placed in the car. At the peak of drive-in culture in the 50s and 60s, drive-in theaters accounted for nearly 25% of the movie industry.
Fast forward to today, and the Holiday Drive-In located in Reo, IN is now one of the oldest American drive-ins still open. Since 1955, they have added more screens, and made improvements, to make the movie experience more comfortable. Speaking of open...Drive-In season officially starts April 19, 2019!
Source: [Holiday Drive-In]