As governments across the world implement "social distancing" efforts to curb the spread of the new coronavirus, restaurants, bars and, yes, movie theaters have shut down in Austin. This includes all Alamo Drafthouse locations, Violet Crown Cinema, AFS Cinema and a host of other chain options.
While there’s always plenty to watch from the comfort of your own couch, drive-in theaters have also seen a rise in traffic, the Los Angeles Times reports. Or is that a rise in parking?
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If you’re in Central Texas and looking to enjoy the drive-in theater’s signature experience there are a couple of local options that are still operating during this time:
Blue Starlite Drive-In With two locations in Austin and Round Rock the drive-in theater welcomes all to enjoy their films and to make each night as safe as possible as well. Those who visit the Round Rock location have the ability to order barbecue meals from Salt Lick BBQ. For more information on their tickets and showtimes, visit their website.
Doc’s Drive-In Theatre Just 10 minutes south of Austin, this drive-in theatre in Buda will be showing a double feature of "Selena" and "Hairspray" on March 20. Tickets and the schedule of other show-times are available on their website.
Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment Offering outdoor movie screen rentals since 2008, Ultimate Outdoor Entertainment has re-launched their go-anywhere, Mobile Drive-In Movie amid the coronavirus crisis. Customers have the chance to order products and they will be delivered directly to their home or business to create their own personal-drive in experience. For more information about their products, visit their website.