Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Drive In and Sit a Spell

When I was a kid growing up in New Jersey, the Drive-in movies were the biggest treat for me. Of course, early one, we had a station wagon where the back seats were flipped down. There were lots of pillows and blankets there. Under the big screen there was a petting zoo and playground. Whoever owned this outdoor theater in Eatontown, NJ had a smart marketing idea.

Once the movie started, I was curled up in blankets out like a light while my parents enjoyed the movies in peace. They had double features back then. In later years, I did enjoy the shows. Going to the snack bar for theater food was a different treat.

The reason I bring all of this up is because Google Doodles is celebrating with an animated tribute to the first drive-in movie theater, which was opened in New Jersey on June 6, 1933. It was a long time thereafter before I made my appearance on the scene, so they had decades to perfect the technology before my child hood ever kicked into gear. You can watch it here.
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