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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A MUST.....before extinction.

All to soon we will be bundling up and enjoy a new host of activities in Michigan......most of which will involve snow.  Before the cold air has a chance to seek in, enjoy a great summer time activity that is almost extinct. It's the perfect time of year to visit the US 23 Drive-In Theater!  Pack up the kids and take them to enjoy a dying past time.  There is not better movie experience than snuggling up in the car watching the big screen. The theater has 3 screens and is open on Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, with movies beginning at 8:30 and a second movie at 10:15.

Currently there are 476 open drive-ins that we know of operating around the world. There are 368 in United States and 66 in Canada. There are currently only 9 left in Michigan. At their peak in 1958, there were between 4000 and 5000 drive-ins operating in the United States, 165 of those being in Michigan.

Ever wonder how the Drive-In Theater was created?  Richard Hollingshead Jr., 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.

It is obvious that this great family-fun past time is disappearing.  Pack up the family and enjoy a movie outside, right here in Flint!

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