Drive-in movie theaters are having a bit of a moment right now because of COVID-19.
Most indoor movie theaters remain closed, but drive-ins offer a safe option for those who want to get out of the house and see a movie on the big screen. Drive-ins are even serving as live music venues, as friends and families can maintain social distance from other people from the safety of their own cars.
Amazon Studios is taking advantage of the unique drive-in experience by launching "A Night at the Drive-In," a nationwide summer screening series featuring a wide selection of films celebrating multi-cultural voices in cinema.
The series began screening at drive-ins across the nation July 1, and will continue through August, with double features curated by actor Michael B. Jordan and his Outlier Society. Founded in 2016, the Outlier Society is a production company focused on diverse filmmaking and mentorship. Some of their acclaimed films have included the HBO Films adaptation of "Fahrenheit 451" and the critically-acclaimed Warner Bros. film, "Just Mercy."
"When Michael and our friends at Outlier proposed this idea, we instantly agreed there was no better time to celebrate these inspired films featuring diverse stories while bringing communities together to share in the experience" said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "Drive-in theaters offer a unique experience in that they provide an inspiring and joyful communal experience while still maintaining safe social distance. A special thanks to our friends and colleagues at Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney, Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures."
Admission is free to the community and tickets can be obtained at ANightAtTheDriveIn.com while supplies last. Concessions will be provided by Black and Brown owned businesses including Path Water, Pipcorn Popcorn, and Partake Cookies.
The double features will follow a different theme each week. On July 1, the series featured "Movies to make you fall in love" with "Love & Basketball" (Warner Bros. / New Line) and "Crazy Rich Asians." (Warner Bros.). Next week, on July 15, attendees will enjoy "Movies to make you proud" featuring the Michael B. Jordan blockbusters "Black Panther" (Disney) and "Creed" (Warner Bros.).
"With this drive-in summer series, I hope that friends and families are able to not only enjoy, but to learn and grow," said Michael B. Jordan, Principal of Outlier Society.
"Now more than ever, amplifying Black and Brown stories means engaging culture to speak to hearts and minds about the world we live in. As we use this opportunity to reimagine community and proximity, I am excited that these films will be shared and celebrated all across the country."