A Night At The Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters

Drive In Movie Sign Profile Picture

On 6th June 1933, the first-ever drive-in movie theater, located on Crescent Boulevard in Camden, New Jersey opened. The cost was 25 cents per car and 25 cents per person, with no group paying more than one dollar. A drive-in theater (or as more commonly known in the UK, drive-in cinema) were incredibly popular in the USA between the 1940s and the 1970s.

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters

A Drive-In Sign Advertising River Of No Return in New York, 1954

Their peak popularity came in the late 1950s and early 1960s, particularly in rural areas, with some 5,000 theaters across the US. Drive-ins became an icon of American culture and a typical weekend destination not just for parents and children but also for teenage couples seeking some privacy.

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters

First Drive-In Theater in Camden, New Jersey, 1933

The drive-in theater would consist of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand and a large parking area for cars. Within this enclosed area, customers can view movies from the privacy and comfort of their cars. Some drive-ins had small playgrounds for children and a few picnic tables or benches with the largest drive-ins having a full-service restaurant. One of the largest was the All-Weather Drive-In of Copiague, New York, which featured parking space for 2,500 cars.

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters

The screen can be as simple as a wall that is painted white, or it can be a steel truss structure with a complex finish. Originally, a movie’s sound was provided by speakers on the screen and later by an individual speaker hung from the window of each car, which would be attached by a wire. This system was superseded by the more economical and less damage-prone method of broadcasting the soundtrack at a low output power on AM or FM radio to be picked up by a car radio. This method also allows the soundtrack to be picked up in stereo by the audience on an often high-fidelity stereo installed in the car instead of through a simple speaker.


A NIGHT AT THE DRIVE-IN: VINTAGE MOVIE POSTERS

Highlights from some of the movie posters used for drive-in theater campagins from a collection of 200 rare prints auctioned at HauteCampe.com on February 6th 2016.

GOLIATH AND THE VAMPIRES

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Goliath And The Vampires Poster

THE YOUNG RACERS

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters The Young Racers Poster

NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Night Of The Blood Beast Poster

GIRLS IN PRISON

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Girls In Prison Poster

SHE-DEVILS ON WHEELS

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters She-Devils On Wheels Poster

ON THE LOOSE

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters On The Loose Poster

PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Planet Of The Vampires Poster

BLACK SABBATH

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Black Sabbath Poster

GUN GIRLS

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Gun Girls Poster

BIKINI BEACH

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Bikini Beach Poster

DATE BAIT

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Date Bait Poster

NASHVILLE REBEL

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Nashville Rebel Poster

INVASION OF THE STAR CREATURES

Drive-In Vintage Movie Posters Invasion of the Star Creatures Poster

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