Talk:Drive-in theater

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POV Statements[edit]

I removed the following statements for seeming POV: Nearly anyone who grew up in America during the 1950s and 1960s has fond memories of drive-ins. Whether one remembers the playground as a child, going on dates as a teenager or taking the family out, drive-ins became an ingrained part of Americana. The drive-in became an equalizer in that a person’s social or economic status was irrelevant; people simply were going to the movies.

Many drive-ins also had strange and seemingly useful devices such as mosquito nets and mosquito coils to keep the insects away but were often useless. Other devices such as rain guards seemed a bit more practical but also proved to be of little benefit.

The Second one is the only one I have any doubts about but if it should be there it should be reworded -- (talk) 18:02, 2 April 2008 (UTC)

External links[edit]

Rather a lot of external links, I think some gardening is in order here! --tiny plastic Grey Knight 12:52, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

I've removed the unnecessary, broken, and spammy links. I've also removed the massive amount of "in popular culture" leaving only one section that used actual prose and one list that was directly related and not just a list of "mentions". Mr.Z-man 22:19, 19 July 2008 (UTC)

My IT Lab[edit]

In My IT Lab this article is used as a reference in a Microsoft Word tutorial and it tells you to enter January 27, 2007 as the date of creation of the article, which is quite wrong, it's much older than that. It also tells you to enter Wikipedia contributors as a corporate author for the citation. Daniel Christensen (talk) 18:04, 26 February 2009 (UTC)

stereo sound broadcasts[edit]

Later still, as in-car stereos became standard equipment, broadcast of the audio track on particular radio frequencies permitted the most efficient means of delivery. While probably true this occurred after the peak popularity of the drive-in and should be seen as part of the attempt to put off the decline. Through most of the 60s AM car radio was most common with FM being added later. Stereo radio stations were not licensed until 1961. AM was mono and the sound through the car radio would also have been mono during drive-in's golden age. Nitpyck (talk) 01:43, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

While uncommon, three-channel stereo loudspeakers were available as early as 1954, largely for new drive-ins who could afford to install lines for it. The Photoplayer 07:21, 12 February 2010 (UTC)
Cool - but the article speaks of stereo broadcasts to car radios - which may have occurred but not until drive-ins were in decline. Mono broadcasts on the other hand may have happened in the 50s. Nitpyck (talk) 19:46, 13 February 2010 (UTC)
By the 1970's most cars would have had at least an AM radio (but likely not AM stereo, which had a short-lived existence in the mid to late 1980's and died for want of radios to receive it). FM wouldn't have been standard until the 1980's, although certainly it (and 8-track or CB) were common options in 1970's cars. Go back into the 1960's (or, worse yet, 1950's) and car radios may well have been power-hungry vacuum tube contraptions of very limited capability, not installed in all vehicles but available as an optional-extra. Transistors existed in the laboratory in 1947 but only as a switching device proposed to replace mechanical relays in telephone exchanges. The transistor radio came later and was initially a little more than pocket-sized novelty item. (talk) 16:31, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Cut & print[edit]

"Wife Beware" might well be 1932's "Two White Arms" (also released as "Wives Beware", according to IMDB)... TREKphiler any time you're ready, Uhura 11:55, 2 March 2010 (UTC)


While many drive-ins were just screens on steel trusses, others were much more stable structures with fanciful architecture executed in a variety of materials. Many also included living space in the back of the screen. I've tried to google an example, but so far, not much luck, except perhaps for this one:

I remember as a child seeing rather plain drive-ins with two story living space in them, with a mailbox on the highway and curtains in the windows. I always thought it would be a cool place to live!

Janko (talk) 18:01, 13 April 2010 (UTC)

Location of first drive-in?[edit]

Out of curiosity, I attempted to pinpoint the location of the first drive-in theater. It is known to have been on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Pennsauken/Camden, New Jersey (see Camden Streets, which cites the Camden Courier-Post of June 6, 1933 as saying that "On the Admiral Wilson Boulevard, near the Central Airport, [the site] occupies approximately 250,000 square feet and is comparable, in size, to Franklin Field" and that "Eight semi-circular rows, each 50 feet deep, will accommodate 500 motor cars simultaneously". Armed with this information, off I went to Historic Aerials to see if I could locate any such site on Admiral Wilson Blvd in the early-mid 20th century. I found one, in the 1940 photos, centered upon Rosemont Avenue, placing it behind what is now Zinman Furs. Camden Streets doesn't even divulge the address, and a lot of the theater site, as it seems to be, has been plastered over with suburbia. (Zinman Furs showed up in the 1950s, and suburban development on the site had begun by 1951, as Historic Aerials' photos make clear.) — Rickyrab. Yada yada yada 04:00, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Found some colloquial evidence to back up my analysis. — Rickyrab. Yada yada yada 04:03, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Cars (2006 film)[edit]

In Pixar's computer-animated Cars (film) the main characters are anthropomorphic vehicles of various types, so predictably the popular local businesses include a drive-in restaurant and (at the end of the film) a drive-in cinema.

As for decline of real-world drive-in businesses? I wonder if the trend to subcompact vehicles after the energy shortages of the 1970's is a factor. A lot of drive-in hamburger stands seemed to disappear around that era and on a larger scale (a few drive-in cinemas still stand, but good luck finding an A&W that isn't merely drive-through and posting monochrome drive-in pictures from the 1950's as nostalgia). Daytime running lights on vehicles are also an annoyance in drive-in cinemas, although that mostly affects non-US vehicles and is fairly recent (1991 and later models in Canada, for instance). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:43, 7 June 2012 (UTC)