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Drive-in movie theaters reopen in Bay Area with new rules amid coronavirus pandemic
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Unlike traditional movie theaters where moviegoers sit next to one another under an auditorium, drive-in theaters provide an isolated experience perfect for enjoying a movie from the comfort of your vehicle, especially in a time of pandemic when it's crucial to keep your distance.
"So you know it's something fun poor kids haven't been out of the house in two months so," says Serina Frost who brought her kids to the show on Tuesday night to see Trolls and Onward.
Tuesday night's show marked the second night back open for the West Wind Solano Drive-In in Concord. Tuesday is also "Family Night," which means to cheapest day to go.
There are some new rules and the playground is closed, but kids we talked with are focused on other things, "popcorn, some drinks, and some candy."
But don't expect to get any of that at the snack bar. It's also closed due to the new rules but Tuesday most people came prepared.
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West Wind Drive-In Theaters announced on its website that they are solano movie drive in not just this Concord location, but all 4 of their theaters across California.
The San Jose, Concord, Sacramento and Glendale theaters to reopen come with "strict" rules the company said on their Facebook page.
"We are open but with STRICT rules!!" the post on May 5 read. "If you're sick STAY HOME!"
Here are West Wind Drive-in Theaters' new rules listed from their website:
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New to drive-in movies? The company posted on Facebook a couple of tips for a great experience.
You can view movie times and showings on West Wind Drive-in's website here.
Prices vary by location, but General Admission is $8.25, $1.75 per youth ages 5 to 11 years old and children under 4 are free, the company says.
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West Wind Solano Drive-in is located in Concord on 1611 Jeffrey dahmer f is for family Way, and the West Wind Capitol Drive-in in San Jose is located on 3630 Hillcap Ave.
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Concord's very own drive-in movie theater is getting some national recognition as one of nine most "amazing" drive-ins still remaining in the country, as listed by Salon.com.
According to Drive-Ins.com, there are about 450 drive-in movie theaters currently in operation in the United States. More than 4,000 have closed nationwide, including the former Concord Motorin theater in Sherman Field, which opened in 1947 and was demolished in 1978. Another drive-in movie theater in Concord, Concord Auto Movies, opened in 1957 and was demolished in 1977. The drive-in on Solano Way opened in 1964. It was closed in 2005 and became a swap-meet only, but reopened as a theater in 2007.
Here's what Salon.com says about the Solano theater:
This family-friendly attraction with several spots across the U.S. (including California, Nevada and Arizona) prides itself on offering first-run double features (save for premiere events) on the cheap — which is quite the deal, considering their 65-foot screens are among the biggest in the biz. And if you have great car speakers, even better: squawk boxes of old have been replaced with Dolby quality audio piped through your car's FM stereo.
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The entertainment industry, like so many others, has been hit hard by the coronavirus. Studios have shut down film productions or delayed them. Once Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed, will people want to go back to movie theaters, sitting in close proximity and breathing the same air? Of course, we can wear masks and sit at least 6-feet apart, but munching popcorn is another matter. It seems there may be only one easy way to see a movie in public—at a drive-in theater.
Once a staple of American society, drive-ins faded from our culture to the point where it is reported only 350 remain in the country today, down from a peak of close to 4,000 in the 1950s. Fortunately, there’s been a slight renaissance of this entertainment tradition. Dolby sound has erased the tinny ‘squak’ boxes of yesteryear solano movie drive in digital projection on two screens makes an old school experience modern. Several of the new drive-ins that opened in the Bay Area over the last few years are bound to see an upswing in popularity. Some of the best rated include Concord’s Solano Drive-In, Marin’s Mobile Drive-In Movie, Oakland’s New Parkway Theater, and San Jose’s Capitol Drive-in. For now, drive-ins remain closed under Covid-19 orders giving them time to develop strategies for the near future. –PS
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