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This floating cinema returns to Miami for a month of boat-in movies

Ballyhoo’s Boat-In is back with a series of pop-ups in Key Biscayne, Haulover Sandbar and Bill Bagg State Park.

Virginia Gil
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Virginia Gil
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If you’re not ready to head back inside to watch a movie, might we propose a more Miami alternative: the boat-in. The pop-up floating cinema made a brief appearance this summer with a screening in Key Biscayne, and now it’s back for a month of programming.

The series starts next weekend, September 26, in North Miami at the Haulover Sandbar with what promises to be an unsettling showing of Jaws. If you mentally survived watching a horror movie about a killer shark while being in the water—congratulations! You can move on to the next round: showings of Moana, Finding Nemo and other aquatic-friendly titles.

The float-in will travel the coast from Haulover south to Key Biscayne (near the Miami Marine Stadium) and then further into the key to Bill Baggs State Park. Onland viewing tickets will be available for the park screenings, allowing folks to drive up and rather than boat in. These amphibian tickets (of sorts) are sold for parties of up to six people and all social-distancing rules apply.

Speaking of guidelines, boats are also subject to restrictions as it relates to capacity and docking. Make sure you read the fine print closely when you purchase your ticket, which will run you $50 per boat or table and are on sale now. Unlike our traditional theaters that currently don’t allow patrons to eat inside, the boat-in permits food and drinks of all kinds. Don’t leave home without the popcorn.

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