Kicker – A return to the drive-in


MARY REICHARD, HOST: I love going to the movies, don’t you? 

But almost all indoor movie theaters are still closed. The good news is an old standby is staging a comeback: the drive-in! Oh, yeah!

Sixty years ago the United States had more than 4,000 of them. It’s now around 300.

But that number is on the rise once again, thanks to new pop-up drive-in theaters… 

New Jersey moviegoer Rachel Rose said it’s a fun and safe night out with the family.

ROSE: I am so in support of this. I love social distancing. This is my first drive-in movie.

One pop-up put up a 40-foot screen and moviegoers hear the movie on their radios.

And management says it’s totally safe.

RODIO: When guests arrive on site, what we’ll do is we have a staff member direct them where to park, since we’ve measured out each and every spot. That way they have the ability to, you know, open the tailgate, roll down the windows and enjoy the evening.

Sierra Klotz is a patron who couldn’t be happier to take in a movie and a little fresh air.

KLOTZ: We’ve just been stuck in the house, and then we get this opportunity to actually like get out.

It’s The World and Everything in It.


(Photo/NJ Advance Media) An entrepreneur will bring pop-up drive-in movies to towns across New Jersey starting the third week of May. Meanwhile the Delsea Drive-In, New Jersey’s lone drive-in theater, remains closed under Gov. Phil Murphy’s executive order.

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