As Pierce County responsibly swan-dives into Phase 2, streaming films at home isn't the only movie-night option. Drive-in theaters are back! Find a ride (ideally a close friend or someone you live with), round up your favorite snacks, and head out to one of these outdoor theaters this summer.
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Hop in your car and head down to Kent every Wednesday-Sunday this summer to see drive-in movies (like The Land Before Time) on a giant LED projector.
Lineup: The Land Before Time & Jurassic Park (July 8-12), more TBA
Drive-In Movie At the Fair
Get in your car and watch The Goonies, a notable example of Spielberg-style "old-fashioned adventure" cinema, complete with pirates, treasure, and that signature peril-and-fun-in-equal-parts recipe you've come to love. Donations from this free 35th-anniversary screening at the Washington State Fair's Blue Lot will give any donations to the Puyallup Food Bank.
Lineup: The Goonies (Aug 22)
For a treat at the end of your road trip to Bremerton, stop by this long-running outdoor theater (which opened in 1949) for screenings of under-the-radar double-features. They have plenty of concessions, like hot dogs, corn dogs, pizza dogs (?), Philly cheesesteaks, and candy for sale onsite. As for tickets, you can buy them online.
Lineup: Countdown, My Spy & Relic (July 6-7)
Skyline Drive-In Theatre
Stake your claim on Friday-Wednesday double-feature screenings of classic films at this Shelton theater, established in 1964, by reserving a spot online. If you don't have an FM receiver in your car (sound is broadcast on 89.1 FM), you can borrow one from the snack bar. In response to COVID-19, they're limiting capacity to 150 vehicles per showing and asking that cars park at least 10 feet away from each other.
Lineup: Ghostbusters (July 3-7), Gremlins & National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (July 8-11), Lord of the Rings trilogy (July 17-19)