Pat Shingleton: "Outdoor Movies..."
Packing the family in the car and heading to a movie is a familiar event. Kids today are unaware of "outdoor" theaters - also known as the "Drive-In..." Recognizing that I am an official member of the WBRZ Investigation Team, I investigated 6 states that have "Drive-In" theaters. California leads the list with 36 outdoor screens with Pennsylvania offering 27. Washington, Michigan and Virginia offer seven with nine remaining in Florida. Today marks the anniversary of the first drive-in theater, constructed in Camden, N.J. in 1937. In the 50s, our parents would pack us into the Ford station wagon and head to Spotlight 88 with two shopping bags of buttered popcorn and thermoses of Kool-Aid. The feature that night starred Johnny Weismuller in one of his Tarzan flicks. Off and on showers occurred and upon our arrival, the rain was heavier, temporarily diminished, and erupted into a tremendous thunderstorm. Audio for the movie was provided from a box-speaker lifted from a carriage-type pole. On this occasion, static erupted from the window speaker as the thunderstorm increased. Expecting only a temporary shower, we watched the movie and a brilliant lightning show. Just as Tarzan was swinging through the jungle, with Chita at his side, it happened. The rest of the story Thursday in Pat's column that is also available for home delivery at www.patshingleton.com.