AZ State Fairgrounds Hosts the Movies in Your Car Series

Niki D'AndreaOctober 20, 2020
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If anything good has come out of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s been the resurgence of drive-in movies. Once a dying venue due to demand for land, drive-in movie theaters have been popping back up amid the pandemic like, well, popcorn. One of the latest is the Movies in Your Car series by CBF Productions, a California-based traveling festival company that’s also putting on the Concerts in Your Car series at the Arizona State Fairgrounds.

With car passes priced at $19 per vehicle, the Movies in Your Car series is a good value for families or small groups of friends. If you’re a couple with two kids older than 11, you could be paying as much as $32 at a traditional drive-in that charges per person. Moviegoers can bring food and coolers filled with non-alcoholic beverages (vehicles and coolers are subject to search), but concession stands are available for those craving traditional state fair fare. Vendors also cruise the parking lot in golf carts, offering cotton candy, popcorn and other goodies.

The format: a stage in the middle of the parking lot, with a large screen on each side of the stage for 360-degree views. Parking spaces are demarcated by orange cones and spaced about 12 feet apart. Event staff guides you into a spot (all spots for the movies are first come, first parked). Sound comes through an FM station on your car radio (or portable radio). Portable bathrooms are located at each end of the lot. Everyone must wear a mask whenever outside their vehicle. Gates open at 6 p.m. and movies start at 7 p.m.

The lineup:

The Blair Witch Project (Wednesday, October 28): 1999 found-footage chiller about three students making a spooky documentary in rural Maryland.

Halloween (Thursday, October 29): The original 1978 slasher classic about masked, mentally deranged killer Michael Myers.

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Friday, November 6): The cult classic musical starring Tim Curry has been drawing interactive audiences for decades.

Grease (Saturday, November 7): John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John star in this classic ’50s-style musical.

Toy Story 4 (Wednesday, November 11): Buzz and the rest of the gang embark on a road trip in this installment of the popular Disney/Pixar franchise.

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