Drive-In Theaters Make A Comeback
Many movie theaters are still closed, but drive-in movie theaters are open and business is booming. WYSO’s Jason Reynolds reports.
Al Bell at the Dixie Twin Drive-In says that sometimes business could be “sleepy” before the pandemic, but now they’re super busy.
“We are going to have a very successful season,” Bell says. “At the same time, we’re going to serve the community and assist some charities in these unprecedented times.”
He says sales are up 50 percent, and the Dixie Twin is playing more than movies.
On Monday, they’ll host Northgate High School’s virtual graduation. They’re setting up a big screen Rubber Duck Regatta for charity. There’s even a live stream concert series.
The movies at the drive-in are different, too. The audio comes through your car radio. They use digital projectors. And now, Dixie Twin is getting first-run movies.
Despite all the changes and upgrades, Bell says the drive-in is still a place where movie-goers can be themselves.
“I enjoy seeing different families and groups of friends enjoying the experience,” he says. “Whether they’ve brought lawn chairs, whether they’re sitting in the back of a pick-up truck, or just sitting in their sedan. Some people bring a pizza, a bucket of chicken, or a picnic basket.”
He says the concession stands and restrooms are following strict health and social distancing guidelines.
The drive-in is more inclusive, too. On Sundays, movies are being shown with captions for the hearing impaired.