Thursday Trivia

Thirsday Trivia

Welcome to Thursday Trivia where we offer up a historical automotive trivia question and you try and solve it before seeing the answer after the jump. It’s like a History test, with cars!

This week’s question is: When and where was the first drive-in movie theater opened? 

If you know the answer, make the jump to see if you are correct. You won’t even have to sit through the previews.

First Drive-In


The first patent for the Drive-In Theater (United States Patent# 1,909,537) was issued on May 16, 1933. With an investment of $30,000, Richard Hollingshead Jr. opened the first drive-in on Tuesday June 6, 1933 at a location on Crescent Boulevard, Camden, New Jersey. The price of admission was 25 cents for the car and 25 cents per person.

The design did not include the in-car speaker system we know today. The inventor contacted a company by the name of RCA Victor to provide the sound system, called “Directional Sound.” Three main speakers were mounted next to the screen that provided sound. The sound quality was not good for cars in the rear of the theater or for the surrounding neighbors.

So there you have it, the first Drive-in Theater was opened in Camden New Jersey in June of 1933. See, I knew you knew it!

Image source: Wired


  1. According to the Wikipedia article on drive-in theaters:
    Hollingshead (a chemical company magnate) was from Camden, but the theater itself was on Admiral Wilson Road at Airport Circle, in Pennsauken. I looked at, and in the 1940 picture, the theater is there on Admiral Wilson just west of the circle (it looks like it had unpaved parking), but in the next photo, from 1951, it's already gone, replaced by a housing development.

  2. Having grown up a town or two away I actually knew this. While they say it was in Pennsauken, it really is Camden, about 40 feet over the line, it was where the old Zinmann Furs building is now ( Google must have rose colored lenses on the street veiw car because that area…is bad. Real Bad.)

  3. The camouflage pattern in the lead image reminds me of a news story that has been running here for two days, a right wing Norwegian arrested in France for alleged terror planning. He has cars in this pattern, very cool ones among them:
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    Turns out he has been sent home again, might have been a false alarm. I know, a serious thing, more important than cars. But I just can stop noticing vehicles like that.

        1. Well, he is said to have his own blend of Nazi/Norrøn ideology. Found his preference for Soviet vehicles strange, too.
          @Alff, wouldn't really support that thought. It's a socially liberal, social democratic country, so the the political right is still quite moderate. And then there's the brown bottom.

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