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June 10, 2014

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Profile America — Tuesday, June 10th. A major pop culture phenomenon began this week in 1933. With the automobile increasingly reshaping Americans' habits, 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. 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 4,600 movie theaters around the country — many, if not most of them with multiple screens — while there are around 350 drive-ins remaining in operation. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.

Sources:
http://inventors.about.com/library/weekly/aa980121.htm
http://www.driveintheater.com/history/1950.htm
http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=BP_2011_00A1&prodType=table NAICS 512131
http://www.drive-ins.com/stats.htm


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | Last Revised: May 21, 2014