Phase 3 of Boston’s reopening officially went into effect this week, and while local movie theaters are now allowed to reopen Boston's chains and independents have opted to delay throwing their doors open for the time being. But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a night out watching the silver screen, especially now that Suffolk Downs (the former home of the city’s largest horse track) has launched The Summer Screen at Suffolk Downs, a pop-up drive-in movie series taking place every Thursday night at 8:30pm through September 10.
The East Boston site's owners, The HYM Investment Group, is providing locals with a safe, socially-distanced activity for all to enjoy, and this won't be the first time the track is hosting moviegoers, as it was once home to a drive-in theater from 1957-1970.
During each movie night, there will be food trucks for attendees to enjoy as they watch a wide variety of films on the 40-foot inflatable screen from the comfort of their vehicles.
The first two films: Grease on July 16 and Field of Dreams on July 23. (The organizers are promising a program of movies "as diverse as the community of East Boston and surrounding cities and towns," including Spanish language movies.)
All drive-in events take place in the parking lot outside of the Suffolk Downs Clubhouse located off Tomasello Way at 525 William F McClellan Hwy. The event space will have capacity for 300 vehicles, with a limit of up to six people per vehicle. Viewers will be able to park their cars on-site, each vehicle will be parked 6 feet apart from each other, attendees will remain in their cars unless going to the bathroom or a food truck, and attendees will be required to wear a mask any time they are outside of their vehicle.
All events will require one ticket per car to enter and tickets will cost $15. Buy tickets and get more info at the event website.
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