Movie Theaters Are Still Closed, but These Drive-Ins Are Open for Business

Movie theaters are still shuttered, but you can see a film from the comfort of your own car at the region’s drive-ins

Business has boomed at Mission Tiki Drive-In theater in Montclair over the last several weeks, as outdoor theaters are the only type allowed to operate in California at the moment. This weekend’s presentation of Groundhog Day aside, it seems like déjà vu to see movies like Knives Out and Jumanji: The Next Level still on the marquee, many months after their initial release.

Your al fresco film options have expanded this weekend with the opening of the Roadium Drive-In in Torrance, which is screening the Pixar classic Up. The Paramount Drive-In, which re-opened in 2014 after a 22-year “intermission,” is screening the number one movie in the country since Easter, Trolls World Tour.

Box office numbers were skewed since nearly 90 percent of the country’s theaters are closed due to coronavirus restrictions. Nearly half of the 600 theaters open in the country last week were drive-ins. Indoor theaters are set to reopen in other parts of the country this weekend, but as of today, the Roadium, Paramount, and Mission Tiki are your exclusive movie destinations around Los Angeles. We’re keeping an eye on the Vineland Drive-In in the City of Industry, but they tweeted earlier this week that “Due to recent events the Vineland Drive In will be closed until further notice.” Those willing to venture into Riverside County will find the Rubidoux and Van Buren drive-ins are also open.

We’ll be mellowing out amidst the tropical landscaping and thatched huts of the Mission Tiki this weekend watching Bill Murray try to become a better person. A lesson we could all use.

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