The local landmark worth the visit. Stories to tell, secrets to keep, drive-in memories. There’s nothing like the romanticism of an Ozoner on a sultry summer night to bring in the thrill, no matter whether you are young or old, with friends or on a date, the drive-in takes you back to a time of innocence. There isn’t a single drive-in in the state of Georgia that has been updated.
The retro feel and look hasn’t gone away, and the sound and screen haven’t gone High Def. It’s the only movie theater you can go to where the food they are selling at the snack bar still dances on the screen, and it’s alright to walk around during the movie. Sneak a kiss and still never block the view of the screen for the person sitting in the car behind you.
Take a blanket, your own healthy snacks and juice, and a lawn chair, sit in the back of the truck under the stars, kick off your shoes and stay awhile.
1. How did they come up with the word “Ozoner”? The first drive-in opened in 1933 and it was a term used by Variety magazine to describe an outdoor movie theater, one in which you sat in your car to enjoy the show.
2. Who invented the drive-in? “The father of the drive-in movie,” Richard Hollingshead Jr. began his success with a drive-in restaurant, you know the ones. Extending the in-your-car convenience to include the big wide outdoor movie screen.
3. Where was the first drive-in? Camden, New Jersey June 1933.
4. How was the drive-in invented? “The idea,” Hollingshead said,” was to sell more automobile products, the best way to do this was to establish a place where people could park their cars, watch a movie and enjoy a meal.”
5. How many drive-ins are there? During the height of drive-in appeal, there were 4000 to 5000 drive-ins, now there are 453. Fifty-five of them are in Canada and the rest are in the U.S.A.
Georgia Drive-ins worth the drive:
1. Starlight 6 Drive-In Atlanta
2. Swan Drive-In Blue Ridge
3. Jesup Drive-In Jesup
4 Tiger Drive-In Tiger
5. Wilderness Drive-In Trenton