Photo today shows patrons driving through the box office at the Fly-In Drive-In Theater in Wall Township, New Jersey, in 1948. Drive-in movie theaters were a growing trend at the time, so the owners of this spot took advantage of the nearby airstrip and added room for 15 small planes to taxi in and watch the show alongside the autos.
Today marks the anniversary of the first true drive-in theater, opened in 1933 in Pennsauken Township, also in New Jersey, more than an hour’s drive inland from the Fly-In. Drive-in theaters were a popular venue for movie-watching until a sharp decline in business during the 1970s and ‘80s nearly drove the idea to extinction. Some legacy theaters survived, and a small resurgence of the drive-in has brought the experience to a new generation of movie fans. Can we still bring our own snacks?
Date: Jun 06, 1944
A LCVP (Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personnel) from the U.S. Coast Guard-manned USS Samuel Chase disembarks troops of Company E, 16th Infantry, 1st Infantry Division (the Big Red One) wading onto the Fox Green section of Omaha Beach (Calvados, Basse-Normandie, France) on the morning of June 6, 1944. American soldiers encountered the newly formed German 352nd Division when landing. During the initial landing two-thirds of Company E became casualties.
(1944) Allied invasion of Europe begins.
Also on this day,
1844 | YMCA founded
1933 | First drive-in theater
1971 | Final “really big” show