Drive-In Movie Theaters Pop Up Across Miami and Fort Lauderdale
The summer horror-film festival was scheduled to entertain the families in Miami.
Organizers were not about to be stopped the project, they were determined to carry out their plans. https://popcornfrights.com/
Igor Shteyenberg was the mastermind behind such a p big production, “this is something that we need right now for our souls”. It truly has the power to heal us and make us better and help us see things we wouldn’t see otherwise.”
“We’ve all been social distancing for so long. it’s been so many months, we’re all going crazy,” Shteyrenberg says.”This is a way to get people outside, in a very safe way and have them experience the outdoors and be able to have some diversion.
Also, a sense of being connected Film is supposed to be experienced in a social space.” Once upon a time, drive-ins were a common sight great for dates and family-friendly outings. Now they seem tailor-made for our current era of social distancing. offering outdoor locations and natural separation.
Though Miami is slowly reopening, with restaurants, retail stores, and salons beginning to operate at partial capacity. Movie theaters are among the businesses that remain shuttered.
Even when they do reopen, it’s unclear when people will feel safe gathering indoors. It’s only natural that makeshift drive-in theaters are popping up across Miami and Fort Lauderdale, to provide a few hours of diversion to a stir-crazy populace.FLIFF’s screening of Pulp Fiction was sold out.Photo courtesy of FLIFF Drive-In Cinema
At Dezerland Park in North Miami, a new drive-in offers different movies every week, beginning last weekend with family-friendly flicks Sonic the Hedgehog and Jurassic Park.
Miami’s Nite Owl Theater has announced plans for a drive-in, and last Sunday, the City of Miami Beach debuted its residents-only drive-in at a parking lot on Collins Avenue and 46th Street. For the Swap Shop, which operates drive-ins in Fort Lauderdale, Lake Worth, and Tampa, parking-lot screenings are nothing new. The Fort Lauderdale location has been in operation since 1963 and until recently offered the only consistent drive-in experience in the area. Ashley Henn, the granddaughter of Swap Shop founder Preston Henn, says the drive-in has seen an increase in business since social-distancing rules went into effect.”During the week, parents are bringing their kids, trying to find something to do,” Henn says. “It’s a great place for the community to come together.I don’t think that’ll ever go away. People have got to get out at some point, get some fresh air.”
Nostalgia also plays a role, providing a different take on the moviegoing experience that might feel like a novelty to many contemporary viewers.
But for Popcorn Frights, it’s also important to bring it into the 21st century.
“We’re not looking back and exploiting nostalgia. We’re looking at the present and celebrating these indie filmmakers whose movies have had their entire film runs upended because of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Shteyrenberg says.
“We’re trying to create opportunities for these films to be experienced on the largest screens we can find, as loud as possible, outdoors, under the stars, and try to salvage the moviegoing experience for our community.”
According to Shteyrenberg, Popcorn Frights will include extras like preshows of short films as well as live performances to accompany the main event.Dezerland Park is screening family-friendly flicks.Photo courtesy of Dezerland Park Miami
Drive-in operators also want visitors to feel as safe as possible venturing out to their events, and are taking pains to implement social-distancing measures when offering amenities. https://www.fliff.com/
At FLIFF’s drive-in debut, Local Loco Food Truck served burgers, chicken wings, and tacos, and patrons could purchase popcorn and sodas in advance.
Dezerland provides audiences with an app to order food that’s delivered to their cars. Swap Shop’s concession stands are closed, encouraging people to bring snacks, and restrooms are staffed by attendants to ensure sanitation.
Even Wallmart is Bringing a Big Screen Back.
Walmart released a list of cities where the theaters will take place. Among the locations include Miami and Pembroke Pines. https://thewalmartdrivein.com/The theater will be in Miami on Aug. 25-26, and the in Pembroke Pines from Aug. 28-29. So lets pick up our masks get in our cars and join a crowed that we will not even talk to for a wonderful night of adventures.