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Drive-In Movies Premiere in Los Angeles

During the era of social distancing, drive-in movies have made an unexpected comeback in the Southland. Movie theaters have been allowed to re-open in most counties beginning early June but many large theaters have issued confusing policies on masks. Instead of sitting in half-full theaters, drive-in movie theaters are offering cinephiles another option.

Drive-in movies have been around for more than 100 years, the earliest patented drive-in theater opened in 1933 in New Jersey. While technology has advanced from film rolls to high definition projectors, the concept of the drive-in movie theater remains that same. Fans drive up to a large outdoor screen, tune in their car radios or use a sound transmitter to listen, and enjoy a big-screen movie from the comfort of their own cars. Some include outdoor concession stands, lawnchair seating, or VIP parking options.

In addition to dedicated drive-in movie theaters, savvy cities are opening limited-run screening series. Pack some snacks and visit a few of these local drive-ins:

Spaces are limited and reservations are required. Check individual venues for additional safety protocols and concession options. Enjoy drive-in options now through August!

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