WATCH: Drive-In Cinemas Turn 84
WINNIPEG, MB. — The very first drive-in movie theatre officially opened on this day.
It was back in 1933 that Richard Hollingshed projected movies outside for the first time at a purpose-built drive-in in Camden, New Jersey.
The concept was an instant hit, peaking with over 4,000 “passion pits” across North America in its heyday.
That number is now lower than 400 locations, though there has been an uptick in recent years.
Winnipeg’s last ozoner, the Odeon Drive-In in Headingley, closed for good after its 2007 season.
It has since been demolished.
Others are thriving in the digital age.
Morden’s Stardust Drive-In kicked off the season during the May long weekend.
Killarney’s Shamrock Drive-In recently took possession of a digital projector as 35mm film was discontinued.
A suspected tornado ripped apart its screen.
—Andrew McCrea, MyToba News
Photo – Andrew McCrea