Drive-in theaters used to be a fabled relic of the past we knew (ironically) only from movies, where poodle-skirt-and-varsity-jacket-wearing teens from the ‘50s (and also John Travolta) would make out in convertible Thunderbirds under starry skies. By the time most of us got to our teenage years, drive-ins had gone the way of pay phones and cafeteria soda, and we were left crowding into multiplexes, fighting over the cup holder with a stranger under the breeze of recirculated A/C. Until COVID-19, that is.
Now, the drive-in is making a comeback as a socially-distanced way to catch a movie without catching Corona. Around LA, shuttered drive-ins have re-emerged, temporary venues have popped up, and an existing drive-in or two outside of city limits are suddenly on our radar thanks to the pandemic. You can read up on the policies for each spot on their respective websites, but know that all are following government regulations on social distancing and enforce the use of masks when you’re outside of your vehicle, and most require an FM radio to get audio. (It’s the thing on your dashboard you’ve never used before.) Read on for where you can watch a movie through your windshield, from Malibu to the IE.
This giant, outdoor South Bay swap-meet spot started morphing into a retro ‘50s-themed theater earlier this summer on Friday and Saturday nights, screening a single favorite film each evening — from School of Rock to Grease. You can grab tix ahead of time on Eventbrite, or on site the night of the movie. And since you pay by the carload ($25 per vehicle), you won’t have to worry about hiding any friends in the trunk.
The Drive-In at Hotel Figueroa
The historic hotel just launched a new pop-up drive-in-with-a-twist in its adjacent parking lot on Saturday nights. Presented by Women Under the Influence (WUTI), an org focused on promoting women-directed films, The Drive-In will feature movies that celebrate stories created by women, BIPOC, and members of the LGBTQ community with all ticket revenues donated to nonprofits. Tickets are $40 per car no matter the number of passengers hitching a ride with you and can be purchased ahead of time. Bonus: Moviegoers can order Mexican fare like street tacos and squash blossom quesadillas from the hotel’s onsite eatery Veranda Al Fresco via app…Read more>>