Scoring tickets to NYC drive-in Films is now a competitive sport
That would be film screenings in the parking lot of a Queens restaurant, where tickets that are scoring is now a competitive sport.
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“I can not imagine that following social-distancing guidelines are relaxed, it has been something,” he says. “These things never completely go away, but at this time next year, I’m not gonna be selling out in a minute.”
“we would like to give the community something secure to do, so we’re planning on putting on a whole host of these,” says Anthony Rapacciuolo, whose marketing firm PRcision is assisting the Catholic Charities of Staten Island in coordinating a summer series on the Mount Loretto campus in Tottenville. “We are going to have one food truck present at each of the events, and guests can pre-order food with their ticket.”
With quarantine making most real-life parties prohibited, getting into the al fresco shows entails repeatedly hitting refresh on the eatery’s site — and likely disappointment.
The screening was a reprieve for the New Yorker, who has been under strict quarantine since the start of the pandemic.
No doubt about it, the drive-in considered a vestige of mid-20th century Americana, is in the middle of a wheel-to-reel revival.
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Still, no one can say just how long the craze will last. Dellaportas, for one, suspects it’s a passing phase.
“Sitting there watching a movie we had seen previously, it only brought us down memory lane,” Margaret tells The Post.
“We have created a social distancing park to function as the initial step to normalization,” reads the festival’s webpage, which promises”live performances from local artists, car side dinner service from our fantastic street sellers, drinks from national and local brands [and] a film feature presentation.”
“We sold out in under 24 hours almost entirely by word of mouth,” Southampton Arts Center founding co-chair Simone Levinson tells The Post of its Memorial Day weekend”Raiders of the Lost Ark” screening.
The Bel Aire only has space for 45 distanced cars in the lot adjacent to its own restaurant, making its regular screenings hyper-exclusive that is currently. Patrons pay $32 a vehicle to attend and can order diner food. For every bag of popcorn sold, the diner feeds two first responders. Screenings, which are weather-dependent, are scheduled about a week says Dellaportas, with new shows announced on the diner’s Instagram accounts and ticketing done through its site.
“Drive-in movies instantly transport us to simpler times, and a community event such as this is the best way to celebrate the start of summer,” says Levine.
Dates and movies are still being verified (they will be submitted to the Charities’ event page once set), but the plan is to host two screenings a week, charging $30 for SUVs and $25 for traditional vehicles, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit Catholic Charities. Last year, the campus hosted four summer screenings, and every one sold out, so Rapacciuolo expects the need this year to be even greater.
She was right: I might have been trying to score seats for a huge band in pre-coronavirus times. The words”SOLD OUT” appeared on my screen before I even saw the choice to buy.
“Good luck — my friend tried to go last week. They sell out super fast,” my housemate warned.
“We are like the Beatles now,” says Kal Dellaportas, Bel Aire’s manager, where tickets to the latest drive-in film on Thursday night sold out in”under a minute.”
Since New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave drive-ins the green light to reopen earlier this month, established open-air theaters — including the Warwick in Warwick, NY, and Four Brothers in Amenia, NY — and excited organizations with lot access have started announcing film nights across Long Island and upstate. And cooped-up New Yorkers are ready to press on .