Frequently Asked Questions


What does the term Ozoner mean and where did it come from?

Starting in 1933, when the first drive-in theater opened, Variety magazine used the term .Ozoner. to describe an outdoor movie theatre in which the patrons view a film from their automobile. It was also used to describe people that attended drive-in movie theatres.

How did drive-ins get started?

Richard Hollingshead Jr., known as the father of the drive-in movie theater, capitalized on the success of the drive-in restaurant, extending the in-your-car-convenience to include the silver screen. He patented the idea three years after the idea's conception. The first drive-in theater opened in Camden, New Jersey in June 1933. June 6th is celebrating to this day as Hollingshead Day, or the birthdate of the drive-in.

How was the drive-in invented?

It is said Richard Hollingshead Jr.'s motive was to sell more auto products since that is what Richard Hollingshead did for a living in the 1930s. He supposedly theorized that the best way to do this was to establish a place where people could park their cars, enjoy a meal, and watch a movie outdoors.

Are there drive-in movie theaters in other countries?

Yes, there are many drive-ins abroad. Drive-ins are been particularly common in Canada, Australia, and South Africa. To see where else in the world you can grin drive-ins, see Drive-in Theater Search

What's the oldest drive-in movie theater?

The second drive-in ever open also happens to be the oldest continuously operated drive-in theatre in America. Shankweiler's Auto Park in Orefield, Pennsylvania opened on April 15, 1934 and is still operating today.

When did the first drive-in open?

Richard Hollingshead, father of the drive-in, capitalized on the success of the drive-in restaurant, extending the in-your-car-convenience to include the silver screen. He patented the idea three years after conception. The first drive-in opened in Camden, NJ in June 1933.

What is Hollingshead Day?

A number of America's surviving drive-in movie theatres pay tribute annually to the man who started it all back on June 6, 1933. It was then that Richard Hollingshead opened the world's first drive-in theatre in Camden, New Jersey. On the first weekend of June, drive-ins from coast to coast host special events and promotions to commemorate Hollingshead's important contribution to America's history and culture. See Richard Hollingshead

What is a Guerrilla Drive-in?

Drive-in theaters that use only a temporary structure are sometimes referred to as Guerrilla Drive-ins. Sometimes they set up in the same place each week to show movies in the evening, while others travel to different locations.


Can I take a pet to the drive-in?

Some drive-ins allow you to bring your pet. Call ahead to be sure of a drive-in' current pet policy.

Can I bring food to my local drive-in theater?

Drive-in theaters stay in business by selling food. While bringing food in from the outside seems harmless, it thwarts the drive-in's ability to stay in business and may also be against their policy

I've never been to a drive-in movie before. What should I know?

Where can I find a drive-in theater near me?

See our Zip Code Search

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