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Air Conditioned Drive-Ins
« Thread started on: Jan 15th, 2007, 7:18pm »

I wonder why this never caught on?! LOL

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« Reply #1 on: Jan 16th, 2007, 11:59am »

In the DVD "Drive-In Movie Memories" they said that families of rats loved to chew the hoses and make their nests inside of them. So when they started the A/C up, there would be dust and rats blown into people's cars!

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Re: Air Conditioned Drive-Ins
« Reply #2 on: Jan 20th, 2007, 4:42pm »

They never caught on because it really wasn't necessary. There were few places air-conditioned when I was a kid, and the drive-in operated at night when it was cool anyway making it much better than an indoor.

The hardtops were no fun back then in the summertime - hot & stinky. Folks didn't bathe like they do today, and combining that with 90 plus degrees made the indoor no good in the summer. The drive-in was ideal with the constant fresh cool nightime air. Anyone know the location where they tried this?

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« Reply #3 on: Mar 22nd, 2009, 11:58am »

That's in interesting shot! Of all the drive-in images I've seen, this is a hoot! It's interesting that I have thought now and then, if they can offer in car heaters, why not in car air conditioners? And I had always thought that the cost for in car heaters has to be a killing on the electric bill, however the cost for in car air conditioning would have to be much higher. And I have thought of different ways of keeping a drive-in cool, but this takes the cake! Just getting the electricity to those units would probably be a nightmare...all that underground wiring can't be easy to get to and what it would take to upgrade your whole electrical system for higher electrical demands. Not to mention how costly it would it would all be. Even if the structure was there to handle all the electrical demand, can you imagine the cost of the air condition units, the electric bill for cooling all the cars on the lot and can you imagine all the maintenance on all those things?

All of these factors makes me wonder if that picture was simply in fact used as a promotional concept that never got off the ground?



In all my drive-in research, I've never seen real air conditioning at the drive-in. However this does not mean that cooling the air at night has never been tried before.

Here in AZ from about mid to late June through mid September, we might be lucky to cool down to 98! So having air conditioning at the drive-in would be nice.

The now closed Cinema Park Drive-In that used to be located at 7th Street and Missouri in Phoenix at one time used to have watered cooling mister fans on tall towers along at least one side of the drive-in.

The concept is not much different than a restaurant using permanently placed misters along the edge of the building to cool down the area where people sit. On a side note, I've never seen anything like that till I moved to AZ were it's used at many places, like restaurants where people might sit outside.

About the drive-in misters, a woman once told me her family used to go to that drive-in early so they could park close to one of the misters. The closer you are to one of them, the better the cooling effects.

Who knows why it's not used at any of this area's drive-ins anymore. I'm under the impression that the Cinema Park Drive-in only used their misters around the 1950s and were no longer in use during the 1960s. Did they not work very well? Were they too costly to operate? Was the maintenance not worth the trouble? What ever the reasons, it's not being used today.
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