Drive-In Movie Theaters Open In The Bay Area

Movie theaters might still be closed, but some Drive-In movie theaters are seeing a resurgence amid the push for continued social distancing. Moviegoers will have to plan ahead and make their own popcorn as snack bars remain closed at Westwind Drive-In theaters that are now open in San Jose, Sacramento, and Concord. An 8:30p showing of a film at the Concord drive-in theater had cars lined up to get in more than a half hour before the start time.

“It’s been like this a few times when they have a really good movie playing,” said regular moviegoer Floyd Simpson. 

Probably not the crowd they’d have gotten for the “The Hunt” and “Trolls: World Tour” if it weren’t for the state’s shelter in place orders.

“It’s nice to do something to get outside the house for a little bit,” said moviegoer Paula.

There is a strict new set of rules for moviegoers. Besides the snackbar closure, everyone needs to stay in their cars at all times, except to use the restroom. If they do leave their care, everyone must wear a mask. Even then, cars must be parked at least 10 feet apart. Despite the rules, moviegoers like Paula say it’s worth it.

“It’s just nice to get out of the house and be free again,” she said.