South Florida Access: Drive-in movie theaters make a comeback

Drive-in movie theaters, a sensation in the late ’50’s, have popped up all around South Florida from North Miami to Florida City in the last few months. They’ve made a comeback as the safe alternative to shuttered movie theaters during COVID-19.

South Florida Access reporter Paola Marcano-Bolívar interviewed representatives of the Hard Rock Stadium drive-in and the Florida City Cinema as well as a movie attendee to find out how things are operating.

Sam Coghill, vice president of stadium operations for the Miami Dolphins, offered some insight into how the drive-in came to be and how operators made sure their facilities would provide a fun and safe space for everyone involved.

Allison Goodman, a Miami resident who attended the Hard Rock Stadium drive-in, described the experience as “bringing the feel of the old drive-ins.” She said she would recommend it to friends.

Due to the need to prepare for the 2021 football season, the Hard Rock finished with its drive-in earlier a few weeks ago, but the outside plaza theater option will continue offering a socially distant way of going to the movies. Tonight the James Bond movie “Goldfinger” will play at 6:45. On Saturday, the superhero movie “Shazam!” will show, also at 6:45 p.m. Tickets cost $12 to $19. Meal packages are available.

During the pandemic, Donald Groh, a Miami student from Duke University, became the co-creator and owner of Florida City Cinema. It also offers food.

For a fun and safe time, find a drive-in near you! Here is a short list:

Dezerland Park Drive-In, North Miami

Swap Shop (Fort Lauderdale)

3 Feo Drive-In at the Fair (Southwest Dade)

Carpool Cinema Wynwood

Florida City Cinema

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