VINELAND, NJ— Three hours before showtime at the state’s only drive-in movie theater, Sam Boss is in charge.
“Yes, sir,” the lanky long-haired college student replies to every question as he collects trash left over from the previous night’s movies.
It’s the usual drive-in detritus: plastic cups, straws and fast food wrappers, maybe some CSI-worthy trace amounts of the stir-fry asparagus or edamame from the Delsea Drive-In’s not-so-ordinary snack bar.
Boss’ boss is a fast-talking, balding pediatrician — not exactly the most likely candidate to rescue the Vineland drive-in from weed-overgrown oblivion.
When the Route 35 Drive-In in Hazlet closed in 1991, New Jersey, the birthplace of the drive-in, was left without a drive-in theater. It stayed that way until 2004, when DeLeonardis purchased and re-opened the Delsea Drive-in, which had closed in 1987.
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