College Hill's Hollywood Theatre drive-in has officially proven a success.
College Hill Community Urban Redevelopment Corporation (CHCURC) turned the neighborhood’s Hollywood Theatre — originally a 1920s single-screen cinema — into a drive-in for the entire community.
And they've just announced they'll be extending the event through the rest of the summer, with a final screening Sept. 7. Plus, starting the first week of July, the Hollywood Theatre will expand its days of operation to include Mondays, so films will now screen Thursday through Monday.
“In the middle of a turbulent time like this, we need to do whatever we can to keep our community strong,” CHCURC executive director Seth Walsh said in a press release. “What better way to do that than through a drive-in movie theater? By hosting a consistent event like this, we’re able to build strong bonds with our neighbors, even in a time of real uncertainty.”
With movies projected onto the back of the theater building, the new drive-in works similarly to others, requiring moviegoers to park and tune their car radios to the right frequency. Guests can begin parking at 8:15 p.m.; films begin at 9:15 p.m. The admission price is $20 per car. There are 43 spots and you have to buy tickets in advance online.
The drive-in concept developed as part of a plan to revitalize the Hollywood Theatre, according to Walsh.
“With people spending so much time apart, we wanted to find a safe way to bring the community back together,” Walsh said. “It also became a great way to support our local businesses by having them provide food for the event.”
Food from a local businesses is offered every night, according to the drive-in’s website.
The film line-up has been announced through July:
Thursday, June 18: Madagascar
Friday, June 19: The Hate U Give
Saturday, June 20: Star Wars – Return of the Jedi
Sunday, June 21: Love, Simon
Thursday, June 25: Fever Pitch
Friday, June 26: Sonic The Hedgehog
Saturday, June 27: The Martian
Sunday, June 28: Arrival
Thursday, July 2: Shrek
Friday, July 3: Ma
Saturday, July 4: Independence Day
Sunday, July 5: The Day After Tomorrow
Monday, July 6: The Devil Wears Prada
Thursday, July 9: 500 Days of Summer
Friday, July 10: Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Saturday, July 11: Despicable Me
Sunday, July 12: The Internship
Monday, July 13: Megamind
Thursday, July 16: Mrs. Doubtfire
Friday, July 17: Jurassic Park
Saturday, July 18: Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Sunday, July 19: Harriett
Monday, July 20: Apollo 11
Thursday, July 23: Napoleon Dynamite
Friday, July 24: The Secret Life of Pets
Saturday, July 25: Jojo Rabbit
Sunday, July 26: Home Alone
Monday, July 27: Drumline
Thursday, July 30: Planet of the Apes
Friday, July 31: The Martian