A New York City restaurant has converted its parking space into a run-in movie during the coronavirus pandemic. (May 1


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The country is opening up after months of shutting down, but social distance and sanitary precautions are still as important as ever. And although theater chains like AMC are about to return next month, bringing in a drive-in movie may sound appealing, especially to families.

Cinemas run in have the benefits of watching you while staying in the comfort, privacy and security of your own vehicle. Social distance is built-in, as cars are often parked six or more meters apart, and proper COVID-19 protocols make it easier to have fun but still stay safe.

We compile a list of old and recently converted drive-ins across the country for you to check out. Scroll through to see if there is one near you.

A user manual for run-in theaters: Being safe and having fun

East Coast

Fingerlakes Drive-In, Auburn, New York

Fingerlakes Drive-In in Auburn, New York, promotes hand hygiene right at the entrance. (Photo: PAUL MEYER)

Award: $ 8 for ages 12 and up; $ 4 for children ages 5 to 11; free for children 4 and under


About this drive-inFounded in 1947, Fingerlakes is New York’s oldest operating theater. It evokes nostalgia with its classic movie choices, such as “Raiders of the Lost Ark.”

What you need to know before you go: According to the theater’s Facebook page, gsamples are recommended to use the bathroom at home before arriving. Face masks must be worn outside the car, and tickets must be purchased online (customers can find links on the theater’s Facebook page) or with cash. The concession will also be open, but only cash is accepted.

Call Aire Diner, Queens, New York

Award: $ 32 per car


About this run-in: This retro-style restaurant, which has been open since 1965, recently introduced its drive-in theater on May 7.

What you need to know before you go: Tickets can be purchased online and your ID must match the name used to book them. There are at least two people per car and no outdoor food is allowed. Instead, you can order from the Bel Aire Diner special menu during your viewing, and the food will be delivered directly to your car. You must stay in your vehicle if you are not using the toilet and the restaurant asks you to have a mask when you leave your car.

Edmond Town Hall’s Ingersoll Auto Pop-Up Drive-In Theater, Newtown, Connecticut

Edmond Town Hall’s pop-up drive-in movie theater delivers food directly to your car to ensure you stay safe in your vehicle. (Photo: EDMOND TOWN HALL)

Award: $ 10 per vehicle


About this run-in: Edmond Town Hall launched its pop-up drive-in theater on June 5. The converted drive-in plans to run a variety of family-friendly movies, such as “Toy Story” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

What you need to know before you go: You must purchase your tickets online and bring the printout to claim at one of the 42 available locations. If you leave your car for any reason, you must wear a mask. Concession deals are minimal (popcorn, soft drinks and M & Ms) and must be ordered online in advance. Food will be delivered to the cars.

Family Drive-In Theater, Stephens City, Virginia

Award: $ 7 for customers 12 and up; $ 4 for children under 11 years


About this run-in: If you are in the Washington, D.C. metro area, the Family Drive-In Theater in Virginia is the place to visit for your outing. The business has shown a mix of American classics, such as “Grease” and “Footloose,” along with recent award-winning films, such as “1917.”

What you need to know before you go: Admission is not available; All tickets must be purchased online in advance. Customers can pay a food permit of $ 10 per vehicle to bring in their own refreshments (alcohol is prohibited) or order food from the car through the Fan Food app. Toilets are limited to two people at a time and cleaned every 15 minutes.

Bengies Drive-In Theater, Middle River, Maryland

Award: $ 10 for ages 11 and up; $ 5 for children 5-10; ages 4 and younger are free


About this drive-in: Bengies, home to what is billed as the largest screen in the United States, just opened for its 64th season on June 3.

What you need to know before you go: Tickets are sold online to promote social distance and there must be at least two people in the car. You must pay $ 15 per vehicle to bring food outside. Masks must be worn until the vehicle is parked and when you are away from your car. Toilets work at half capacity and hand-cleaning stations are located around the snack bar and the entrances to the toilet.

Drive-In at Lovingston Cafe, Lovingston, Virginia

Award: Free


About this run-in: Lovingston Cafe does more than sell tasty appetizers and burgers. The cafe has turned its parking lot into a drive-in theater on Friday nights during the coronavirus pandemic and shown free black and white movies for free. Make sure to arrive early, as the parking lots fill up quickly.

What you need to know before you go: Families must stay in their vehicles unless they use the toilet, and space will be limited to maintain social distance.

Carflix Cinema at Dezerland Park, North Miami, Florida

All employees at Dezerland Park’s run-in cinema will wear masks and enforce the six-foot rule in public toilet lines. (Photo: DEZERLAND PARK)

Award: $ 30 per car (without tax)


About this run-in: Florida Action Park is closed during the pandemic, but has introduced a run-in theater in its parking lot. The converted drive-in has played newer movies like “The Lion King” on its latest LED screen.

What you need to know before you go: Tickets are scanned directly from the phone to avoid direct contact, and all employees must wear masks and gloves. Rope barriers are available to maintain the six foot rule for toilet lines, and bathroom attendants will clean and disinfect single-use portable toilets. All participants must stay in their cars except for bathroom trips, during which time masks must be worn.


Route 66 Drive-In, Carthage, Missouri

66 Drive-In Theater in Carthage, Missouri, is listed in the National Register of Historic Sites. (Photo: Missouri Division of Tourism)

Award: $ 8 for ages 13 and up; $ 4 for children 6-12; ages 5 and under are free


About this run-in: With its retro look, Route 66 Drive-In is a historic site located on the U.S. Route 66 in Jasper County, Missouri.

What you need to know before you go: You have to leave your vehicle and pay cash at the gate but can also use payment cards at concession points. You can see the movie in front of your car. Social distance rules apply and customers must remain six meters apart in common areas such as the concession stand. Toilets are cleaned every 30 minutes.

Ballpark Commons Milky Way Drive-In, Franklin, Wisconsin


The Milky Way Drive-In Cinema in Franklin opened for the season with social distance guidelines on Memorial Day weekend.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Award: $ 35 per vehicle


About this run-in: This baseball stadium opened a drive-in theater on May 22 and shows movies every night on its LED screen.

What you need to know before you go: Tickets must be purchased online and there is a maximum capacity of 200 vehicles. You have to watch the movie from your vehicle. The theater asks you to wear a mask if you watch the film from an open door and when you leave your vehicle. The concession stand is open, but the theater encourages patrons to order food via the Toast TakeOut app and have it delivered to their cars. Toilets are open and hand cleaners are provided.

West Coast

Mission Tiki Drive-In Theater, Montclair, California

Award: $ 10 for guests 10 and up; $ 1 for children 5 to 9


About this drive-in: Rap fans may recognize Mission Tiki as the music video setting for Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa’s “Young, Wild and Free.”

What you need to know before you go: COVID-19 protocols require guests to undergo a temperature screening, wear a mask and remain six meters apart when leaving their vehicle. Movies must be watched from inside the car, but opening of the cargo door is allowed. Outdoor food is allowed (except alcohol) and toilets are cleaned every hour.

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton, California

Award: $ 25 per vehicle if you buy in advance, $ 30 for the day of


About this run-in: Alameda County Fairgrounds plans to open its drive-in movie theater June 12, along with grab-and-go food trucks and drive-in concerts. Come with your family to watch classics like “The Goonies” and “Grease.”

What you need to know before you go: All you have to do is pay for parking, and in return you get a free movie ticket along with a free entry ticket to Alameda County Fair 2021. Cars are subject to search, no tailgate is allowed and if you have any car windows or doors open, you must wear a mask. No concessions are offered and since there are no garbage you can bring a trash bag as you have to take it home with you.

Coming soon

Tribeca Drive-In, nationwide

Robert De Niro’s Tribeca Enterprises announced the opening of various driveways throughout the United States. Starting June 25, the Tribeca Drive-In summer series will run new, classic and independent films as coronavirus restrictions facilitate. Tickets to Dallas, Los Angeles and New York will go on sale June 22.

Tribeca Drive-In: Robert De Niro and IMAX join forces for a new summer drive-in film series

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