Return of the Drive-in Theater
With the Covid-19 Pandemic, people are looking for alternative forms of entertainment for their families. Going to the drive-in may seem like a relic from yesteryear, but it may be the answer to our current coronavirus situation and it employs social distancing.
The Drive-in Movie Theater
The first drive-in movie theater opened in June of 1933 in Camden, New Jersey. In the 1950s, there were over 4000 Drive-in movie theaters across the USA. Today, this number has dwindled to about 350 nationwide. The multiplex theater, real estate prices and home video sales are thought to have lead to closures.
The drive-in theater is a part of Americana.
The Mobile Drive-in Movie Theater – Delivered to your location
Through the use of inflatable screens or mobile LED displays it is now possible to have a drive-in movie theater in an empty field, parking lot or even in your driveway.
Using bright projectors, FM transmitters, and huge movie screens it is possible to rekindle the drive-in cinema experience virtually anywhere.
A Drive-In theater can be set up in;
- Parking Lots
- Sporting Venues
- Community Parks
- Lakes (boat-in)
FunFlicks® has delivered hundreds of Drive-in movies across America bringing the big screen to communities everywhere.
Recent Drive-In Movies hosted by FunFlicks®
Zip Car Drive-in Cinema Season Premier
FunFlicks® was contracted across the nation to provide the drive-in movie experience for new showtime content before it was released to the general public. A live twitter stream was set up to connect other drive-in events across the nation.
In the Bay Area, the Zip Car Drive in was held at an amazing venue: The 49ers old stadium at Candlestick Park.
How about sweet home Chicago.
EVENT IDEA – We can connect to most video streams via HDMI for your own event. You can create your own season premiere or finale.
Macy’s American Icon Celebration – Drive In Theaters
Macy’s celebrated the Drive-in theaters across the nation during their salute to American Icons. FunFlicks® set up both Drive-ins with cars and big screen outdoor movie events with groups of people.
Screening of the “Smurf the Lost Village” included characters from the movie on-site. These cameo appearances added to the experience for the children… and the adults.
Popup Drive-in & Silent Cinema
Odette Estate has re-imagined the drive-in cinema for the wine crowd with their Secret Cinema drive-in. Clues for the movie selection are posted on social media the week leading up to the event. Food truck dinners, fine wine, and the drive-in movie make secret cinema a cool movie-going experience! Check out their video.
EVENT IDEA – Set up your own Secret Cinema Drive-in Movie Event!
The Driveway Drive-in
Over the July 4th holiday, outfitted with a driveway, a laptop, a projector, an FM transmitter and a movie screen, we made our own Driveway Drive-In Theater. The kids loved it and asked to do it again the next night. Why not, we were on holiday!
EVENT IDEA – Want to have your own driveway drive-in with your close family? FunFlicks® can help. FunFlicks® provides all the movie equipment including projector, sound system, huge movie screens and event technician for one price. Give us a call today.
One car Drive-in for Russian Bachelor
Convertible, small screen, iconic location, and a TV Crew made for a romantic setting for the filming of the Russian Bachelor at Coit Tower in San Francisco. A parting gift from the crew was the movie they screened.
EVENT IDEA – Make your own romantic evening in your yard, driveway or special place.
Yearly Drive-in Community School Movie Night
We run a yearly drive-in movie night at a local school. It is one of the most talked-about events on the community calendar. One family told us that their son asked if they could go to school……for the Drive-in every weekend!
This year a trunk or treat was added where people decorated the trunks of their cars for Halloween.
EVENT IDEA – Create a new tradition of a Drive-in Theater at your School or Church
Napa Valley Film Festival Drive-in Movie
FunFlicks® provided a 4-night drive-in movie experience on a huge AIRSCREEN as part of the Napa Valley Film Festival. Each night had two screenings of a variety of films and documentaries, including interviews with the directors and cast from the film.
The screen used starts more than 10 feet off the ground, this provides all guests the perfect view from their car.
EVENT IDEA – Add an outdoor drive-in movie experience to your festival
One Car Drive-in\The Proposal
This event was very special to me (Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy) as I got to help my nephew with this marriage proposal.
With a view of the City from Mersea restaurant on Treasure Island, we set up a small screen, with an old VW, projector, and laptop. For sound, we used a Detroit Diecast, old-style drive-in movie speakers from the drive-in era, but with a modern twist, it is Bluetooth, so would connect to the laptop without cables.
She said… YES!
EVENT IDEA – Ever dreamed of creating the perfect proposal? Put those dreams on the big screen.
Drive-in Rental made easy with FunFlicks®
FunFlicks can provide “The Drive-In” movie experience from Hawaii to Florida. We can provide all the equipment needed to recreate the nostalgia of yesteryear on your field or lot.
- Sound systems
- FM transmitters
- Drive-In cinema screen(s)
- Bright High Definition (HD) Drive-In movie projector
- Trained professional event technicians
Not only is it safe during this time requiring social distancing, but it’s also fun.
Long live the drive-in!
Paul the Outdoor Movie Guy