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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Compuware Arena Drive-In Theater, Plymouth, MI

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.

Michigan Drive-Ins Documented

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!

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