August 7, 1989 |
You would think that a car-crazy Californian would have created the drive-in movie theater. But the distinction goes to a New Jersey chemical company owner. Richard Hollingshead opened the world's first drive-in in Camden, N.J., on June 6, 1933. Hollingshead, who died in 1975, came upon the idea when he set up a screen on his driveway and a home projector on the top of a car so that his family could enjoy a movie outdoors.
April 14, 2002 |
The beginning of the end of life as we know it occurred here, on a beaten patch of asphalt out in the vast, flat no man's land of greater Los Angeles. The beginning of the end came unannounced. There was no salute, no blast of trumpets or heavenly choir. It came in the sunken heat of summer at an abandoned drive-in movie theater called the Roadium. The Roadium was graced by a grand arched gate that, in its day, promised entry to whatever secret kingdom Hollywood could conjure.
January 19, 2013 |
As the night grew darker, a cold wind whipped across the asphalt expanse of the vintage Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre in Riverside. A howling gust banged open the door to the snack bar, where hot dogs glistened on metal spits and the black-and-white linoleum floor gleamed. Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" flickered to life on the colossal screen - for an audience of eight cars. This time of year is always slow at drive-in theaters, which have been struggling with declining attendance for decades.
January 4, 2000 |
Movie ticket sales rose 8% to a record of about $7.3 billion in the U.S. and Canada last year, driven partly by higher prices and a record number of blockbuster films, according to AC Nielsen figures. Walt Disney Co. led the pack of major studios with a market share of 17%, or $1.24 billion, followed by Time Warner Inc.'s Warner Bros. with 14.3%, or $1.04 billion. The number of tickets sold rose 4% to 1.49 billion, while the average ticket price increased by about 4% to $4.89.
June 21, 2006 |
NO modern movie about Los Angeles is complete without an establishing shot of freeway signs. It's the single image that has come to represent us on film, whether we like it or not. No matter what sights are contained within this sprawling, diverse city, it is universally recognized for the thoroughfares that snake around it. Movies set in New York open on sunset views of Central Park or a gilt skyline at sunrise, not the Holland Tunnel at rush hour. But L.A.
January 27, 1998 |
Christopher Jackson knew something was up when his dad transplanted the white leather seats from their idled 1965 Mustang to the bed of the family pickup truck. "I asked him why. He said we were going to the drive-in movies," the 12-year-old recalled. "I started jumping up and down, I was so excited." And with that, Christopher became one of the legions of people who are discovering--or rediscovering--drive-in movies. "It's cool," he said.