On May 26, L.A. County officials announced further progress in reopening local businesses and easing restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. This reopening opened up the possibility of a fun family outing you might not have considered lately: L.A. Drive-ins.
There are a few new rules. All will require you to practice social distancing of at least 6 feet and to wear a cloth face covering when outside your vehicle – which is generally only allowed if you’re visiting the bathroom or concession stand. You can only watch the movie from inside your vehicle. Some theaters also are operating bathrooms – and the drive-ins themselves – at reduced capacity.
Here’s a roundup of the drive-ins in our area.
This week’s kid-friendly double feature at Paramount, which reopened May 29 and is open nightly, is “Trolls World Tour” paired with “Onward.”
Paramount is operating at 50% capacity, requiring customers to park vehicles 9 feet apart. Bathrooms are also operating at 50% capacity, with attendants entering to clean and disinfect them. Tickets are $10 general admission, $3.50 for ages 5-8 and free for ages 4 and younger. Phone: 562-630-7469.
This drive-in in the City of Industry is also open nightly, and requests that customers leave one space between their vehicle and others when visiting. Vineland is asking customers to use credit cards when buying tickets and concessions, or to bring exact change. Friday and Saturday admission is $10 for ages 9 and up, $4 for ages 5-8 and free for ages 4 and younger. Phone: 626-961-9262.
Family-friendly films listed as “coming soon” include “My Spy,” “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” and “Trolls World Tour.”
Riverside County has been able to reopen more quickly than L.A. County has, and this drive-in in Montclair has already been hosting audiences nightly. Upcoming family double features include “Trolls World Tour” paired with the PG-13 rated “Knives Out,” and the classic “Groundhog Day” plus “Jumanji.”
The drive-in is requiring all vehicles to be parked at least 6 feet apart. Tickets are $10 for ages 10 and up, $1 for ages 5-9 and free for ages 4 and younger. Phone: 909-628-0511.
Also in Riverside County, in Riverside, the Van Buren is also pairing “Trolls World Tour” with “Knives Out” this week.
Tickets are $10 for ages 10 and up, $1 for ages 5-9 and free for ages 4 and younger, and the theater is asking customers not to leave their vehicles when purchasing tickets. Phone: 951-688-2360.
This Riverside drive-in is featuring “Trolls World Tour” and “Sonic the Hedgehog” for families this weekend and upcoming week.
The theater and restrooms are operating at 50% capacity, accommodating just four people in the women’s bathroom and five people in the men’s – so take that into account. Tickets are $10 for ages 10 and up, $1 for ages 5-9 and free for ages 4 and younger. Phone: 951-683-4455.
The Electric Dusk, on the campus of Van de Camp College near Glassell Park, is one that remains on the “closed” list. According to spokesperson Ralph Matamoros, the theater will begin its season hosting private events, and will return to public screenings in the fall.
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