Schoharie was site of first-known open-air movie show
There has been a lot of nostalgia in recent years about the drive-in movie theaters that used to be in our region from the 1940s through ’80s. Fortunately, one can still take in the experience in Unadilla.
Richard Hollingshead has been given credit for the first patent on a drive-in theater in May 1933 in Camden, N.J. Hollingshead experimented in his own driveway with a projector mounted on the hood of his car, projected onto a screen he had nailed to trees in his backyard. He opened a theater in June.
Sorry, Mr. Hollingshead. The village of Schoharie was way ahead of you. By 16 years, as a matter of fact.
As you travel through Schoharie today, you can see a state marker in front of the county courthouse, claiming this was the site of the first-known open-air motion picture presentation on Thursday, June 7, 1917.
The difference between Schoharie and Camden was that people parked their car or whatever they drove to the Schoharie courthouse, wh[an error occurred while processing this directive]