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A Wheel Good Time: Stein Campus Celebrates National Drive-in Movie Day

By June 6, 2024No Comments2 min read

Who doesn’t love a drive-in movie? The fresh air. The giant screen. The tasty concessions. The chance to see a movie in your jammies and wrapped up in blankets, if you’re so inclined.

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And when the adult care clients at St. Ann Center Stein Campus learned that June 6th was the 90th annual National Drive-In Movie Day, honoring the day Richard Hollingshead opened the first drive-in movie theater, they knew a celebration was in order. Inspired by his mother’s discomfort sitting in a regular theater seat, Hollingshead opened his Camden Theater in Pennsauken, New Jersey, so people of all sizes and statures could enjoy a movie comfortably. And that’s just what happened at St. Ann Center’s “drive-in” too. 

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But first, they needed “cars.” With a lot of cardboard and a little ingenuity, Intergenerational Activities Director Cara Gaitens and artistically inclined adult clients fashioned brightly colored makeshift rides for every taste. A pair of sheets served as a jumbo screen, and plenty of popcorn was at the ready. Daycare kids — and even Gaitens’ loveable doodle, Rusty — came to join the fun. Couples cuddled close. And National Drive-In Movie Day was underway. 

Check out some photos of this “wheel-y” fun time (click to enlarge photos).  

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