Cure your quarantine blues with drive-in movies from Events DC and Union Market!
Mayor Muriel Bowser has granted both groups the green light to host drive-in movies at venues around the city. Events DC will hold them at Lot 8 of RFK Stadium with room for about 350 cars, while Union Market has screened movies outdoors prior to the pandemic.
Officials will be implementing social-distancing guidelines to keep people safe and ensure a good time is had by all.
"We’ll have pretty strong enforcement on the ground to make sure people can see comfortably but adhere to safety protocols," Events DC CEO Greg O'Dell told NBC4 Washington.
For one, tickets must be ordered in advance online, as cash will not be accepted. For snacks and drinks, guests can order ahead and have their concessions delivered straight to their cars. Besides using the restrooms, guests must stay in their cars and keep the engines off (no idling for air-conditioning, sadly).
Drive in movies on 45 ft tall HD screen Lot 8 at RFK to begin July 15. Cost $29 per car. Tix & food purchased online in advance. No alcohol sales. @TheEventsDC plans to offer live music and theatrical presentations if all goes well. Cars will enter through Lot 5. @nbcwashington pic.twitter.com/F39DQpbWWQ— Mark Segraves (@SegravesNBC4) June 29, 2020
With traditional theaters closed, drive-ins have become a low-risk way to enjoy entertainment outside the house. They've made a delightful comeback in the DMV area—Sold-out shows can be found at Family Drive-In Theatre in Stephens City, Virginia, while Maryland's Bengie's boasts the largest single movie screen in the country. Tyson's in Arlington recently introduced two pop-up theaters that will be screening flicks all summer long.
O'Dell also added that should the screenings be successful, more live experiences may be on the roster, including live music. Let's hope this continues even after the pandemic!
RFK Stadium will offer two screenings a night at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m, and tickets are $29 per vehicle. Union Market's schedule kicks off Friday, July 3, with a screening of Captain America: The First Avenger and charges $20 per car. You can find out more here!
Will you be hitting up a drive-in movie theater this summer? Do you think drive-ins are here to stay? Let us know in the comments!