Summer 2008 Blockbuster: The Return of the Drive-In Movie

This summer marks the 75th anniversary of the first drive-in movie, which opened in Camden, N.J., in 1933. But after becoming virtually extinct, drive-in movies are suddenly appearing all over the country--this time, in America's backyards.

"Outdoor home theaters are the biggest trend in home entertainment since the introduction of the flat-panel TV," says David Berman, Director of Training of HTSA, the nation's largest association of high-end home technology integrators and retailers. "This is a bright spot in an otherwise down market for high-end electronics and custom installations. Americans are transforming their backyards into stay-at-home resorts, where friends and family converge to BBQ or swim while they enjoy HD movies on DVD, dance to MP3 surround sound, surf the Web, or watch a big game. Watching movies under the stars still has great appeal."
It's all part of an outdoor home entertainment revolution that has manufacturers, installers, and retailers scrambling to cash in, and homeowners racing to out-do their neighbors.
(Market Watch)

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