Drive-up theater

A motorized movie projecting vehicle never caught on in 1909. This is one of the images from the patent application. In Salisbury, a power line was run from the car into the building. U.S. Patent Office

Drive-in movie theaters came into vogue in the early 1930s. But drive-up picture shows had a quarter-century head start. Ask folks in Salisbury.

“A moving picture company, who gave an entertainment in the Salisbury town hall Monday and Tuesday evenings of this week, provided a practical demonstration of the fact that the automobile can be made to ‘earn its salt,’ ” the Connecticut Western News said in its April 30, 1908, issue.

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