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Walmart is bringing a free drive-in movie experience to Miami

The traveling series will stick around for two days in Miami.

Virginia Gil

Mega retail chain Walmart has the market cornered when it comes to convenience. It’s a one-stop-shop for groceries, toiletries and clothes. And now Walmart is going to be the place you go to watch a movie.

This month, the company is hosting a series of pop-up drive-in movies at locations across the country. South Florida will have several stops, including one in Pembroke Pines and two in Miami and the Walmart Supercenter in Westchester (9191 W Flagler St). Screenings will take place on August 25th for Dolphin Tale and on August 26th for Selena. Showings will begin promptly at 7:30pm, though cars are allowed to arrive as early as 90 minutes prior to the start time.

While Walmart is fitting the bill for the movie, tickets—one per vehicle—are still required for admission. Unfortunately, most of the run has sold out, including Miami’s dates, but registration may reopen, says the website. Be sure to check back often. If you’re lucky enough to get in, you’ll be subject to certain rules: no walking around the lot, no smoking in the vicinity and absolutely no drinking in your car. It’s against the law and Walmart isn’t having it. However, the store will let you use its restrooms and welcome you inside to shop for snacks before the movie. Masks will be required from the moment you exit your vehicle to the moment you return.

Walmart joins a string of pop-up outdoor theaters in Miami, including Hard Rock Stadium’s open-air setup at fountain plaza and the forthcoming float-in headed our way next month. What’s next? The beach? The mall? The Target parking lot? A girl can dream.

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