WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6: FIRST DRIVE-IN THEATER
Profile America — Wednesday, June 6th. A major pop culture phenomenon began on this day in 1933. With the automobile increasingly reshaping the American landscape, Richard Hollingshead opened the nation's first drive-in movie theater in Camden, New Jersey. Soon, drive-in movies became a fixture across the country and a popular place for teenage dating. Some even had heaters to go along with the speakers, so they could stay open through the winter. Drive-ins reached their peak in the 1950s. There were nearly 21,000 movie theaters then, and more than 4,000 of them were drive-ins. Now, there are nearly 4,900 movie theaters around the country — most of them with multiple screens — while there are fewer than 270 drive-ins remaining in operation. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 301
Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970, p. 855
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 1128
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau