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Camden Drive-In Theatre

2901 Admiral Wilson Blvd
Camden NJ

Demolished Outdoor Theatre
Record #7335  
 Opened: June 6, 1933
 Closed: 1936
 Demolished: Yes (date unknown)
Capacity: 335 cars
Architectural Style(s):
National Register:
Current Organ: none
 Also Known As: Drive-In Theatre, Automobile Movie Theatre

The world's first drive-in theatre was built on Admiral Wilson Boulevard (Crescent Boulevard) near the Camden Central Airport by Park-In Theaters. Chief officers of the company were Richard Hollingshead and Willie Warren Smith. After just three weeks of construction, the theatre opened to a full lot on June 6, 1933, featuring "Wife Beware" at 8:30, 10 and 11 P.M.

According to a news report, the construction initially cost $60,000 and admission was 25 cents per person. The article also reported that "abridged features, with all dull or uninteresting parts omitted, will be featured at the theatre".

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Last featured 6/5/2003. Last edited 12/10/2012.

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