What are you doing this weekend? Want to catch a drive-in movie?
There is another quiver of life in the SoCal movie scene, as the historic Van Buren Drive-In in Riverside reopens this weekend with COVID-19 safeguards in force but multiple big screens showing the latest features.
With its ranch-themed snack stands and prairie sunsets, the Van Buren has been a SoCal tradition for 56 years.
Beginning Friday, the Van Buren joins the Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre in Montclair as the only outdoor theaters in the region to restart the projectors in the wake of a shutdown that started in mid-March.
Even during coronavirus, dates can still be fun — and inside your own home!
But stay tuned: Drive-ins remain one of the few entertainment options capable of operating in a time when social distancing is still required, and more are bound to unlock the gates soon. Expect various pop-up venues to open around Los Angeles as well.
Among the precautions at the Van Buren:
- Movies must be watched from inside the car, which prohibits the option of lawn-chair and truck-bed viewing popular at drive-in theaters.
- Masks are required when visiting the snack bar or bathrooms.
- Social distancing guidelines are in force at all times.
The Van Buren is about 80 minutes east of Los Angeles. Movies begin at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 per person; $1 for ages 5-9; free for 4 and under.
Note that the price includes two movies, the first and second shows. “Knives Out,” “Valley Girl” and “Trolls World Tour” are among the Friday features. Any lane gets you into any screen.
The swap meets remain closed at both the Van Buren and Mission Tiki.
As of Thursday, here is the status of drive-ins in the area:
Van Buren Drive-In: 3035 Van Buren Blvd., Riverside; (951) 688-2360
Mission Tiki Drive-In Theatre, 10798 Ramona Ave., Montclair; (909) 628-0511
Vineland Drive-In, 443 N. Vineland Ave., City of Industry; (626) 961-9262
Paramount Drive-In Theatres, 7770 Rosecrans Ave., Paramount; (562) 630-7469
Rubidoux Drive-In Theatre, 3770 Opal St., Riverside; (951) 683-4455
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