Now hear this: Drive-in movie theater speakers

The purpose-built drive-in theater opened back in 1933 in Pennsauken, New Jersey. The format was marketed as a family-friendly entertainment, with ads noting, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.”

The late 1950s and the early 1960s, though, were the real drive-in glory days, when there were about 4000 such venues spread across the country — about a quarter of the total number of movie theatres. (No doubt much of the popularity was thanks to the teen set, who flocked to drive-ins on date night.) As of 2013, however, traditional indoor theaters account for more than 98 percent of all screens.

A pair of vintage silver-tone drive-in speakers on chains

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Photo by Trevor Cameron

 

Two chrome drive-in speakers

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Photo by Dennis Jeffrey

 

Drive-in theatre speaker set

From a museum collection/car show, in front of a gorgeous orange & white 1956 Mercury

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Photo by Chris

 

Movie speaker in the car window

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Photo by Sam Howzit

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