Happy National Drive-in Day!

The first movie ever screened at a drive-in, 84 years ago tonight in Camden, New Jersey, was a 1932 Adolphe Menjou picture called Wives Beware.

Except that wasn’t the original name of the movie; it was originally titled Two White Arms. The name was changed for the reissue.

So on National Drive-in Day, we share with you a recording of Menjou performing the title song from that movie. Warning: Menjou was a much better actor than a singer. But unless and until the movie, long considered a lost film, is found, this recording is as close as drive-in fans will get to experiencing it.

What’s Your Drive-in Theatre I.Q.?

Longtime readers probably know that we’re huge devotees of drive-in movie theatres, so we perked right up recently when we watched a Richard Karn-hosted edition of Family Feud that included a question about ozoners.

The question was, “Name a rule at a drive-in theatre”; six answers were posted on the board, and the two families combined to name three of them.

Wondering how many you might be able to guess? Just watch the video below to test your Drive-in Theatre Etiquette I.Q.

A movie, the stars, and you

Longtime readers of Cladrite Radio know of our abiding affection for drive-in theatres. In fact, we’ve been moderating an online discussion group devoted to drive-ins since 1994.

One of the members of that discussion group posted a link recently to the following video, which is featured on the AARP website, and we thought it well worth sharing with the Cladrite community. It does a great job of capturing what it is drive-in buffs so love about these wonderful theatres, and we think you’ll enjoy it (it even features one of our favorite drive-ins, Shankweiler’s in Orefield, Pennsylvania—the oldest remaining drive-in in the world and the second one ever built).

If you’d like to join the aforementioned discussion group, just follow this link. Membership is free, posts are moderated so as to keep the conversation on-topic, and you won’t get a flood of mail in your e-mailbox—just the occasional thread discussing our shared love for ozoners (that’s a nickname for drive-ins, don’t you know).