Ready to take in a movie but not quite ready to watch one in the theater yet? If so, youíre not alone. New research from Cars.com reveals that 42% of in-market car shoppers plan to take in a flick at a drive-in this summer.
Drive-in movie theaters are indeed making a comeback of sorts in the age of Coronavirus, as people venture out of their homes again. Whereas once they may have once visited their local theater to see a flick, now they may opt to watch one from the safety of their vehicle. To meet demand, temporary drive-ins are popping up across the nation. For example, one California airport
is turning its parking lot into a temporary drive-in. A San-Francisco bay area event center is converting
its lot into a drive-in movie theater as well. Garth Brooks will even broadcast
a concert to 300 drive-in theaters on June 27th.
"Drive-in theaters are making a comeback this summer as the destination of choice for movies, music and other forms of live entertainment that people can experience without ever leaving the safety of their vehicle," said Matt Schmitz, Cars.com's assistant managing editor, news. "Since the pandemic began, we've found that Americans are using their cars as an extension of their homes. They've resurrected the Sunday drive, are using their cars to socialize from a distance through birthday and graduation parades, and now they're using their cars as a new way to see live entertainment, too."
Here are the 5 best drive-in movie vehicles as listed in a Cars.com press release:
- Volkswagen Atlas: For a family movie night, the Volkswagen Atlas fits the bill. This three-row SUV that earned Cars.com's Best of 2018 award and subsequently nabbed the 2020 Family Car of the Year award. The Atlas comfortably holds seven occupants and boasts a Fender 12-speaker audio system in the SEL Premium trim. Premium sound system upgrades are available for an extra $6,000.
- Ram 1500: If you want to watch a movie from your truck bed, Cars.com suggests the Ram1500's spacious truck bed. Plus you can store ice, snacks, sodas and movie treats in its neat RamBox Cargo Management System.
- Chrysler Pacifica: Nothing says family movie night like a minivan. Cars.com's Best of 2017 sports plenty of mini cubbies and storage nooks in the back for popcorn, soda and sweet snacks. The Stow 'n Go seats create a huge flat surface in the rear, which Cars.com calls ideal for settling in for a long night at the moving pictures. Park with the back facing the screen, pop the liftgate and youíve got a movie tailgate. If the movie isn't a hit for the entire party, parents can pop in a Blu-ray movie into Chrysler's Uconnect infotainment system.
- Dodge Challenger: Muscle cars and movies are like bread and butter. They just go together. The Dodge Challenger's throwback body-style feel adds to the nostalgia. Upgrade to the 717-horsepower SRT Hellcat version for extra power; however, as Cars.com points out, youíll want to hold off on the Dodge rumble until after the credits.
- Tesla Model X: Tesla's first all-electric SUV looks like a rocketship from the future with incredible acceleration, over-the-air updates, a roomy cabin and up to 328 miles of range. For movie watching, the Model X's visibility is spot on with tall side windows and a large windshield that stretches over the first and second rows combined to ensure passengers can see as much of the screen as possible.