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All the newspaper ads on this page are from the original papers of the day they were printed. Again, no microfilm copies are used anywhere on this site. I wanted to highlight a page that showed original drive-in ads from the 1930's. The first drive-in theater opened in Camden, NJ on June 6, 1933. From that point until World War II there were only about 95 drive-ins in existence. Considering that eventually there were almost 5,000 drive-ins built in the U.S. by the late 1950's, the early drive-in theaters of the 1930's are fairly rare. Even rarer yet are original drive-in newspaper ads from those theaters of the 1930's. So sit back and enjoy a rare glimpse into how drive-in theaters were advertised and what was shown on the silver screen way back then.

Newspaper Ads From The 1930's

Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette - Fort Wayne, IN

Detroit News - Detroit, MI

Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, CA

Boston Daily Record - Boston, MA

The Times-Star - Bridgeport, Connecticut