Show Business: Dark Clouds over the Drive-ins

Outdoor movie theaters are victims of TV and changing habits

Hula-Hoops. Frisbees. Drag races. The pizza parlor. One or more of these images will bring back the summers of their adolescence for many Americans who grew up in the '50s or early '60s. For others, however, one phrase says it all: the drive-in. They probably had their first date in a 1957 gas guzzler, with wraparound windows and sharklike tailfins, where they learned that sex is not just a three-letter word. But now, a mere 50 years after the first one opened in Camden, N.J.,...

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