With COVID-19 encouraging social distancing and closing down many indoor movie theaters and gatherings of many kinds, it's nice to see some good alternatives coming along. Drive-in movie theaters are among the popular "new" thing, even though their heyday was around half a century ago (but then, all the good stuff comes back, right?)
Parking Lot Theatre is a new "pop-up" drive-in that will show movies and even feature some live music performances in the Menomonee Valley, the first drive-in of its kind in the city of Milwaukee. Taking place along St. Paul Avenue around 7th Street - basically in the midst of the Marquette Interchange ramps overhead - it's the brainchild of Anne Koller and Manny Lara. They're both Milwaukee residents and passionate art advocates, were looking for a way to safely bring people together while supporting the arts amid this pandemic.
The movie that will show tomorrow night (May 29th) has not been announced yet, but it will be "family friendly" according to event planners, and they'll reveal which movie it is during the day tomorrow. Guests are required to stay in their cars at all times for safety and concession services will be provided. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased through CashDrop in advance of the event. CashDrop is actually a locally-developed app from Ruben Flores - shout-out to entrepreneurs and developers!
Capacity will be 45 cars, and arrival time should be 7:30. They have live music by Joe Wray planned starting around that time. Masks will be offered upon entry. The movie is scheduled to begin around 8:25pm and everything should be wrapped up by 10pm.
You can check out more about their inaugural event tomorrow night on their Facebook page. Should be fun!