Back in the ’50s and ’60s, drive-in movies were all the rage since they were affordable and were great for families or for a date night. As technology evolved, there has been a shift toward other forms of entertainment like at-home streaming services, but due to recent social distancing, drive-in movies are making their way back across the nation. Drive-in movies can be a great summer activity for Arlington residents to enjoy safely.
During the month of July, the AT&T Stadium is sponsoring a drive-in movie series with Tribeca Enterprises. Movies are set to be featured every weekend (Thursday to Sunday) from July 2 to July 26. Over 30 movies are being offered, which include family-friendly films and fan favorites. The full list of movies can be found below:
The films will be heard using the vehicle’s FM radio. IMAX will be another partner in the drive-in to provide the technology needed for the sound and image. This event is nationwide and is occurring in places such as the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, CA and Orchard Beach in the Bronx, New York.
Tickets are available for purchase online only with a limit of one ticket per car and there is no limit to how many passengers can be in the vehicle. Movies are $26 per ticket, while special double features can be purchased at $35. Parking spots are first come first serve and the Tribeca website recommends arriving 30 minutes before the gate time found on the ticket.
The AT&T Stadium is providing a safe environment, requiring guests to wear a mask upon entry and when leaving their car. Ticket scanning will be contactless and social distancing when guests leave their vehicle is expected. Cars will be parked either six feet apart or on every other parking spot and staff will guide vehicles to the appropriate space.
The event will also have concession stands, photo opportunities, trivia, and giveaways.
Tribeca Enterprises is making sure they give back to the community and the current social issues. The Tribeca drive-in offered free tickets to frontline and essential workers on July 2. Tribeca stated on Twitter that at the end of the month they will be making a donation to NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., a non-profit organization that fights for racial justice.
Tribeca has been providing drive-ins for 20 years and operates entertainment businesses such as the Tribeca Film Festival. “It’s in our DNA to bring people together through the arts, showing strength and resiliency when the world needs it the most,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival CEO and Co-Founder Jane Rosenthal. Tribeca stated that the goal of the drive-in series is to bring communities back together safely through a shared cinematic experience since the pandemic.
As movie theaters struggle to survive, the time for drive-in movies could be on the rise once again.