Updated: Sep 29, 2022
I was looking up some president + A/V facts Monday for our newsletter and came across some other interesting pieces of information that I thought I would share with you. This post is just for a bit of fun.
So, I was born in 1992. I was alive for just a few of these but have heard stories about a lot of these over the years from my parents and grandparents. So, I'm interested in what all you've lived through. Read this post and tell me about what you remember!
1933 - First Drive-In Theater
On June 6, Richard Hollingshead and his cousin opened the first drive-in theater (then named Automobile Movie Theater). This first theater accommodated 400 cars, had a screen size of 40 feet wide and 30 feet high, and cost 25 cents per car, plus an additional 25 cents per person. The theater cost around $30,000 (roughly $650k today) to construct. At the height of these theaters, there were about 4,600 across the country.
Have you ever gone to a drive-in theater? My childhood best friend and her parents would take us all the time. I still enjoy going. There is still one open in Columbus: South Drive-In. Give it a visit!
1954 - The First Color TV
Just 27 years before, the first TV was released. Now, RCA and Westinghouse are releasing the first color TVs! RCA released a 15-inch and 19-inch screen. Did you or your family get one of these when they were released? They were priced at $1,000 ($10,364 in today's money) and $1,295 ($13,422) respectively. Many houses didn't actually get one of these TVs until the 60s when more and more shows and movies were being filmed in color.
Have you ever watched a black and white TV? Were you alive during this transition? What was it like?
1968 - First Home Gaming System
Before the Nintendo, before the Atari, there was the Magnavox Odyssey. It had a total of 28 games available and many of them were for two players. The creator, Ralph Baer, said in the first year, this console sold around 100,000 times.
Another fun fact, he also created the hand-held game, Simon, with the company Milton Bradley in 1978.
Did you have either of these games?
1975 - First VCR Goes On Sale
Sony released the Betamax videocassette recorder in the US in June of 1975. It was created to record shows to watch later. The first "DVR," if you will. Universal Studios and the Walt Disney Company Hollywood sued Sony the following year because of "copyright infringement." This case lasted eight years! The Supreme Court decided that the right to record TV programs for personal use was allowed.