Cinema: Ozoners

As spring's gaudy carpet rolled north last week, the drive-in theaters were opening almost as fast as the daffodils. This week, New York City will get its first "ozoner": a 600-car, $300,000 affair on Staten Island. Six were open in Dayton, Ohio alone, and six would be running in St. Louis by summer. According to Boxoffice, more than 200 new drive-ins this year would swell the U.S. total—a mere 100-odd when war ended—to 546 built & building.

The boom had a firm foundation: by showing better pictures than before and showing them sooner (though...

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