The Rhody Drive-In Movie Craze Continues

Spend your nights social distancing with movies and concerts from your car


The retro summer evening outing of watching a movie from your car is the new social distancing craze all over Rhode Island. Classic spots have reopened this season to carry on the tradition, while other organizations have fashioned drive-ins in their own backyards and lots to make sure movie-lovers can still come together while staying apart. With fall weather creeping in, nothing beats cozying up in a car to watch a campy flick on the big screen.

newportFILM Outdoors continues to bring free drive-in documentary film screenings to Aquidneck Island through October while continuing their virtual streaming program. Films, both drive-ins and virtual, will be released on a rolling basis, so follow along on social media to stay up to date on their events and offerings. 

The Misquamicut Drive-In is a summertime classic, screening favorite films to please the whole family, backdropped by the beach in Westerly. United Theatre is also teaming up with The Knickerbocker to show concerts on the big screen, transforming the drive-in venue to a live concert setting. 

Rhode Island’s only official drive-in movie theater, the Rustic Tri View Drive-In in  North Smithfield screens films on summer and fall weekends. Flickers takes over for the week of October 17-25 for their Vortex Film Festival to bring you innovative new flicks in the horror, sci-fi, and fantasy genres.


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