Monday, June 10, 2013

Cinema Under the Stars

Did you know that June 6, 1933 is when the first drive-in movie theater opened in America? Do you remember Reedsburg’s outdoor theater, where the Courtyards are now located?  That drive-in opened on August 23, 1952, with two shows nightly. The screen faced south towards highway 23/33, measured 37 feet by 50 feet and was 62 feet high. The theater could accommodate 320 cars. It closed in the early 1960s and was replaced with a Go-Kart track, which was also short-lived. We have the book “Cinema Under the Stars” to remind us of those wonderful times at the drive-in theater: the B movies, concession stands loaded with goodies, screen towers, ticket booths, scratchy speakers, speaker poles and intermission.

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