A drive-in theater or drive-in cinema is a form of cinema structure consisting of a large outdoor movie screen, a projection booth, a concession stand and a large parking area for automobiles. Within this enclosed area, customers can view movies from the privacy and comfort of their cars. Some drive-ins have small playgrounds for children and a few picnic tables or benches.
The screen can be as simple as a wall that is painted white, or it can be a steel truss structure with a complex finish. Originally, a movie’s sound was provided by speakers on the screen and later by an individual speaker hung from the window of each car, which would be attached by a wire. This system was superseded by the more economical and less damage-prone method of broadcasting the soundtrack at a low output power on AM or FM radio to be picked up by a car radio. This method also allows the soundtrack to be picked up in stereo by the audience on an often high-fidelity stereo installed in the car instead of through a simple speaker.
This morning Steve Bloomer the owner and operator of the Sky-View Drive-In Theatre from Bellville, Illinois spoke with us about the history of Drive-In’s and their upcoming Slash Fest.
With all the hoopla on Capital Hill, you might think the circus was in town. This is why we turn to Political reporter Niall Stanage from TheHill.com to help us decipher the three rings in D.C. This week Niall talks about the Vice-President Debate and more.