While heaps of businesses deemed ‘non-essential’ are shuttering their doors- some for good- an era of outdoor movie theaters are having a moment in the spotlight. Queue the perfect opportunity for a road trip down nostalgia lane, or really just anywhere that’s not your living room. These four drive-in theaters in the LA area are opening their gates for your socially-distant viewing pleasure:
Dating back to 1947, Paramount Drive-In will transport you to old Hollywood with two new 75-foot screens, Barco Digital projection and Dolby Digital radio sound. An online ticketing system is supposedly on the way, but for now, you’ll have to hit the box office for tickets.
Boasting a fleet of four screens each showing double features on the daily, Mission Tiki is your crew’s best bet for coming to an agreement on a flick. Tikis torched and ready to roll, this theater awaits just outside the LA County border in Montclair.
Make it an all-day affair at this theater and flea market sprawling across 80 acres in Riverside. A partner of United Flea Markets with plenty of space for socially-distancing, Rubidoux is the ultimate spot to shop local vendors to your heart’s content (just keep that mask on).
A sister-theater to Mission Tiki (and their other location in San Diego), Van Buren Drive-In is another Riverside theater just south of Rubidoux Drive-In. With three-screens showing double features, this theater has also resumed their Swap Meets on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and weekends.
Don’t forget the popcorn!