SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – As COVID-19 continues to have an effect on how Utahn’s consume entertainment, the movie theater industry has taken a hit since the start of the pandemic.
In efforts to keep movie-goers safe, the Utah Film Center announced on Tuesday a series of pop-up drive-ins that are meant to surprise, delight and entertain Utah families at a safe physical distance all summer long.
The films are set to range from animation to documentary and from classics to new releases.
Oversized parking stalls allow guests to space out and safely enjoy the community film events.
Families are encouraged to pack a picnic, roll out the convertible or pickup truck, bring camp chairs and enjoy a chill night under the stars.
Utah Film Centers says the showings will take place beginning August 20, Thursday through Sunday each week through mid-October in various locations such as Alta Ski Resort, Downtown Salt Lake City and Midvale Fort Union Area.
“There will never be a substitute for the feeling you get when you gather, in-person, with other people, to watch a movie” said Patrick Hubley, Executive Director, Utah Film Center. “Now more than ever, Utah Film Center believes that the communal film experience can provide much needed human connection and provide a delightful escape. We programmed our drive-in lineup to appeal to a wide variety of audiences so people from all walks of life can feel the warmth of connection again” added Hubley.
Gates open at all locations at 7:30 P.M. with films starting at dusk or just after 8:30 P.M. Patrons can get tickets for $25 or at discounted rate of $20 for Utah Film Center members.
Utah Film Center Pop-Up Drive-In 2020 Summer Schedule:
- Thur. August 20, Apollo 11 at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum Parking Lot
- Thur. August 20, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Belgium Waffle and Omelet Inn Parking Lot in Midvale
- Fri. August 21, Mountainfilm on Tour Big Green World Program at Alta
- Fri. August 21, Tesla at Land Cruiser Heritage Museum Parking Lot
- Fri. August 21, Galaxy Quest, at Belgium Waffle and Omelet Inn Parking Lot in Midvale.
- Sat. August 22, Mountainfilm on Tour Indomitable Spirit Program at Alta
- Sat. August 22, Ernest & Celestine at Land Cruiser Museum Parking Lot
- Sun. August 23, Mountainfilm on Tour Adventure Program at Alta
- Thur. August 27, Stop Making Sense at Land Cruiser Museum Parking Lot
- Thur. August 27, Mountainfilm on Tour Adventure Program, at Belgium Waffle and Omelet Inn Parking Lot in Midvale
- Fri. August 28, Mountainfilm on Tour Big Green World Program at Belgium Waffle and Omelet Inn Parking Lot in Midvale
- Sat. August 29, Mountainfilm on Tour Indomitable Spirit Program at Belgium Waffle and Omelet Inn Parking Lot in Midvale
- Sat. August 29, Song of the Sea at Land Cruiser Museum Parking Lot
New titles, dates and locations will be added throughout the remainder of summer and start of fall.
Although, screenings are outdoors, Utah Film Center asks that all guests exercise responsible physical distancing and stay within close proximity of their vehicle during the film.
Guests are also asked to wear a mask if they exit their parking area.