Hi. I’m Wheeler Winston Dixon, and this is Frame By Freame. In the 1940’s and 50’s and 60’s, drive-in theaters, or as they were called in the trade “Ozoners,” were incredibly popular throughout the United States. There were literally thousands of them, and I remember them with great fondness. They usually ran double or triple bills. They would sometimes run “dusk till dawn” shows of horror movies or genre movies and things like that. And they were a great alternative for families because you didn’t have to leave your car. You would drive in to the theater, and then you would either put a speaker in the window of your car, or else they would broadcast it on an AM radio station with a low-power transmitter to your car radio. And you would sit and watch a movie on a huge screen in this theater with 100s of other cars. The projection was usually very good. You would get to see a double or a triple bill. The cost was usually by the car; $4 to $5 per car. And drive-in theaters flourished mostly in the Midwest and the South. Although there were a lot of them in the East, where I grew up. And they were very popular as a low-cost alternative to going to movies, and also there was something nice about being able to sit in you car and bring food, and you could also avoid a baby sittter. You just put the kids in the back and put them to sleep. But what happened was, of course, the rise of video. The rise of VHS and DVD made it much more easy to stay home. Huge flat-screen TVs began to replace what they called the “drive-ins” or the “ozoners.” And they almost completely collapsed. It’s one of the saddest things, I think, in motion picture history. because they had such enormous screens, such great projection. I have so many fond memories of seeing so many great films in the drive-ins. But now they’re all but gone. There’s only a few left in the United States. So that’s something that those of you who are growing up right now will never experience, but if there is a drive-in near you that you can see…or if you can go to one, I urge you to experience it, because it’s an entirely different way to view movies. I’m Wheeler Winston Dixon and this is Frame By Frame.