At the Drive-In

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Man, I miss going to the movies. Sure this world of infinite content at our beck and call is pretty cool, but maybe it’s the convenience that makes it not feel very special, the way a night at the movies did. With our current never ending pandemic, it’s improbable any of us will be stepping into an actual theater any time soon. But in the unlikeliest entertainment resurgence since the vinyl record, there is a new/old way to have a communal movie going experience, the drive-in movie.

Thursday night, June 25 Popcorn Frights will host a  double feature of two South Florida premieres at MASS District 844 NE 4th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale where they will screen the zombie flick Yummy and an “apocalyptic fever dram” in The Beach House.

Starting June 25 at Hard Rock Stadium, they’ll be turning the Miami Dolphins playing field into a drive-in movie theater. They’ll be showing old school blockbusters like Jaws, but more interesting to Dolfans might be their showing of a rare Dolphins Super Bowl victory with a rebroadcast of Super Bowl VII.

If you want to add a little more variety to your drive-in movie experience you can also head to Fort Lauderdale Swap Shop where seven nights a week you’ll have your choice of seven different movies to watch. They’re mostly screening movies that came out right before quarantine like Birds of Prey  and Bad Boys for Life, but they’re occasionally throwing in older options like Evil Dead and 8 Mile.

Word of warning don’t go to a drive-in expecting a quiet night at the movies. The sound quality coming from your car radio is generally spotty and you might have an SUV blocking your view of the right corner of the screen. Go for the experience one you’ll happily relive over and over the next few times you clean the interior of your car and find popcorn kernels.

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David Rolland

David Rolland edits the JitneyBooks.com blog. He is the author of the novel The End of the Century.