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Drive-Ins.com

Given the ubiquity of automobiles across the United States, it is not surprising to learn that the first drive-in movie theater was opened in Camden, New Jersey in 1933 by Richard Hollingshead. Drive-Ins.com is a fitting tribute to a feature of the American landscape that fell on increasingly hard times beginning in the late 1960s but, in recent years, has witnessed a miniature renaissance. Created and maintained by the brother-sister team of Jennifer and Kipp Sherer, the site contains several thousands pieces of information about the history and evolution of the American drive-in movie theater. The first valuable feature of the site is the ability to search for drive-ins across the country by zip code, keywords, status (open or closed), and by geographical locale. Each entry contains detailed material about each drive-in, such as its automobile capacity, current status, address, and in many cases multiple photographs. A particularly entertaining section is the Drive-In Museum, which offers a short online exhibit on the life of Richard Hollingshead, along with a timeline of notable events in drive-in history. In all, the site is quite entertaining, and will be a welcome addition to those users interested in visiting a drive-in or with an affinity for cultural history.
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Date Issued 1996-
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Date of Scout Publication 2003-02-07
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2003/0207

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