The Beginning

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What does mom have to do with a Drive-In Theater?

Would you believe it was a mother’s back pain that caused the drive-in theater to come into existence? A young entrepreneur Richard Hollingshead was inspired by his mother’s discomfort at the movie theater to create the very first park-in theater. Only later were these theaters called drive-in theaters. Although June is the month for Father’s Day, it was June 6, 1933 when the first park-in theater opened inspired by this young man’s wish to help is mother.
His idea led to a multitude of other drive in theater’s opening with the height of drive-in theaters being 5,000 across the nation back in the mid 1960’s. It is a novelty event taking the family to an open-air theater, making an experience that is not soon forgotten.
Sunset Drive-In Theater in Hartford Michigan was opened in 1948 and is still showing movies in 2018! That is quite the amazing feat. With a capacity for 300 cars, this theater allows for you to be outside while you watch a movie and enjoy the fresh air. Even if you don’t remember the movie, you will remember your time with friends and family at this drive-in theater.

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May 13, 2019 11:38 pm

The drivein is just asvg r eat today as itvwas the firstvtime my parents took me- 1966 Question: what’s on th I s weekemd – t hr e 27, 18 & 19th? When do the tiylrs change? Than k you so very mucch for the decades of family fun!!!


    Thank you Jessie, We appreciate the many years of support and look forward to seeing you again this weekend for Aladdin & Dumbo


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