Interesting idea, but will it fly?

posted by Michael Zoldessy on June 8, 2009 at 10:37 am

An article in Wired looks at the history of the drive-in, fly-in.

1948: Ed Brown Jr., a former Navy pilot, opens the first drive-in, fly-in movie theater. There’s room for 500 cars and 25 small planes.

The drive-in movie theater itself was still something of a novelty when Brown hit on the idea of accommodating moviegoers arriving by private plane, another relatively new phenomenon in American life. He opened his fly-in theater on some land near Wall Township, New Jersey, which included an adjoining airfield. Planes would land at the field, then taxi over to the theater and fan out behind the cars. When the evening’s feature ended, a jeep was provided to tow the planes back to the airfield.

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KenLayton on June 8, 2009 at 11:15 am

In today’s world, the insurance, liability, and zoning requirements would kill that idea.

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