Drive-Ins Have to Curtail Late-Night Showings Under the New Curfew Order

Screenings that wrap up before 10 p.m. will continue to be allowed

One of our favorite pandemic activities will have to scale back under California’s new curfew order. Drive-in movies will be allowed to continue operating (at least for now) but must shut off their projectors by 10 p.m.

The order closes all non-essential businesses from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., and that includes cinemas. A full list of categories that are considered essential under the order is available online.

Hopes for a Thanksgiving or holiday movie night don’t have to be dashed entirely. Earlier screenings are fine–at least for now–and will go forward as planned.

Rooftop Cinema Club, an outdoor film series that pivoted to drive-ins only recently, is among the event hosts that will be most impacted by the order.

Rooftop Cinema Club will be observing the 10 p.m. curfew through December 21, as the order affects non-essential businesses. This means all late screenings will be canceled for the next month,” a representative told Los Angeles. “Thankfully, our prime screenings, which start between 7:30 and 8 p.m., will not be affected and will all end by 10.”

The curfew will likely also impact nighttime holiday light shows and drive-thru experiences planned across the region, so be sure to check for updates.

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