Tag: Drive-Ins

What’s On at the Drive-In? A Lot

PUT IT IN PARK: Switchfoot performs a concert in a parking lot just outside San Diego’s Petco Park. (Courtesy Petco Park) Movie screenings, in-person and remote live performances and graduation ceremonies have made their way into venue parking lots in many cases — and right into the venue, in the case of the Miami Dolphins’ Hard Rock Stadium. The series officially opened with a Juneteenth screening of the civil rights film “Selma” June 19. That followed a soft opening for a drive-in series of movies and classic Dolphins games (including the team’s two Super Bowl wins) inside the stadium and in its Open Air Theater on the south side of the venue, said Tom Garfinkel, Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium vice chairman and CEO. Inside the stadium, there’s room for 230 cars, with tickets priced at $39 a vehicle. Open Air Theater tickets are priced at $12-$19 apiece. There’s also […]

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Drive-Ins: Texas arena with lone full-timer joins trend

HOT TEXAS NIGHTS: Music under the stars in HIdalgo, Texas. (Courtesy Payne Arena) Eric Trevino has essentially been a one-man operations crew for staging a successful series of drive-in-style concerts filling Payne Arena’s parking lot in Hidalgo, Texas. The first three concerts, Eli Young Band, Kevin Fowler and Intocable, held June 5-7, grossed a combined $118,385, said Trevino, general manager of the city-owned facility. As of mid-June, Trevino was the 7,000-seat arena’s only full-time employee still working. His 20-person staff was put on furlough after the pandemic closed the venue for an indefinite period. Trevino began doing research for how he could help bring live entertainment back to the property and, in the process, help the community get back to work. Hidalgo sits next to the border of Mexico, and the arena draws residents from both countries to its events, though the border has been closed to nonessential travel since […]

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Drive-Ins: A ‘Loop Daddy’ Road Show for the COVID-19 Age

BUCKLE UP: Hound’s Drive-In near Charlotte, N.C., filled up for the Marc Rebillet tour. (Courtesy HotBox) KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. — Murderous flamingos, a sexy take on stimulating the economy and taking live phone calls from the audience are all part of Marc Rebillet’s 2020 Drive-In Tour, pairing the electronic dance music artist with a vintage piece of Americana. The pandemic has shut down the live entertainment industry over the past four months. As acts, agents and promoters come up with temporary solutions, many have turned to the drive-in format to fill the venue role. It helps musicians stay active and generate revenue and gives music lovers cooped up indoors an opportunity to enjoy an outdoor concert from the protective confines of their cars. The trend has pop-up concerts taking place in parking lots at arenas and stadiums across the country, but a few artists are actually performing at drive-in theaters. […]

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