The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey on June 6, 1933 with a screening of Wife Beware starring Adolph Menjou. However, for some reason drive-ins across the country (or at least in the western states) have decided to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the drive-in movie by showing The Wizard of Oz tonight. If they’d waited until the week of June 6th they could have simultaneously celebrated Judy Garland’s 75th birthday (June 10th). Regardless, Z and I just returned from our local screening.
I grew up going to the drive-in and literally spent almost every night at the local drive-in while I was living in my car several years back. It’s been wonderful addicting Z to the drive-in movie experience and it was pretty cool to get the opportunity to see such a classic film from the comfort of our car. Too bad it was a school night as Z fell asleep just as the flying monkeys were starting their attack on the famed foursome. Well, with modern technology perhaps she can try again when we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the drive-in (in our flying cars 😉 )