Drive-In Movie Day celebrates the opening of the first drive-in movie theater on June 6, 1933 in Camden, New Jersey. At this time most people did not have the technology to play movies in their homes, so drive-ins became the first place that they could watch movies from their own space. Privacy was an important part of the drive-in allure. Couples could be alone together in their cars, friends could talk to one another throughout the film, and parents could bring their children along, all without worrying about disturbing other patrons.
The idea quickly caught on and spread like wildfire across the United States. Drive-in theaters became so popular because they gave people an experience most of them had never had before.
Though the popularity of drive-in movies has been decreasing since the 1950s, there are still several throughout the country. Celebrate Drive-In Movie Day by visiting one to find out for yourself why they were once so beloved.