What to do with large parking lots in suburbia, especially when they function only part of the year?
Richard Hollingshead Jr., creator of the drive-in began testing the idea in his driveway in New Jersey in 1932 where the screen was nailed to a tree and the projector sat on the roof of his car. The first drive-in was established in Pennsauken, NJ in 1933. The concept peaked in US in the 1950s and 1960s where over 4,000 drive-ins were established and declined due to the economics of the real estate in the 70s and 80s.
Kudos to Compuware Arena whose large parking lot for the Ontario Hockey League Plymouth Whalers Hockey Team arena double-functions as a drive-in movie theater all summer long since 2004....and the screen only occupies two parking spaces!