Many industries have taken a hit because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but few can say to have been as strongly affected as the film industry. Because of social distancing guidelines, most movie theaters around the country have been closed since March.
While many plan to reopen by the end of July, going to the movies should still be seen as an unnecessary health risk. Fortunately, there’s a better alternative to the traditional movie-going experience: drive-in movie theaters.
Drive-in movie theaters were once extremely popular. They reached their heyday after World War II, with an estimated 5,000 theaters around the country in the late 1950s and mid-1960s. In 2020, only 306 drive-in theaters remain in operation in the United States.
In response to COVID-19, the film industry has had to adjust its approach to releasing films, and many studios have elected to release new pictures directly on digital platforms like Netflix. However, IMAX, Tribeca Enterprises, and AT&T have recently teamed up to create a summer movie program that will play a selection of new, classic, and independent films at drive-in theaters across the country.
“We’re excited to give people something to look forward to this summer and reinvent a classic movie-going experience for communities to enjoy together safely,” said Robert De Niro, co-founder of Tribeca Enterprises.
Could social distancing lead to the rise of a drive-in renaissance? Certainly, many outdoor gathering places that are currently unused could be converted into drive-in movie theaters. At Wantagh Mazda, our favorite drive-in theaters are the ISH Events’ Drive In & Outdoor Movies in Plainview and the Skyline Drive in NYC, which is perfectly positioned in Brooklyn to offer a lovely Manhattan skyline view while you enjoy your movie.
Wantagh Mazda wishes you and your family a safe and healthy summer. Remember to contact us with all of your vehicular needs.