Montreal's Brand New Drive-In Theatre Opens Tomorrow & Here's How It'll Work

Get ready for a buttery tub of popcorn!
Contributing Writer
Montreal's Brand New Drive-In Theatre Opens Sunday & Here's How It'll Work

Movie theatres in Quebec are reopening on June 22 but if coronavirus fears have left you wary of returning to a regular cinema, you’ll soon be able to enjoy a flick at the Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre from the safety of your car. Montreal's massive new drive-in theatre opens for the season on June 21 and on Friday its creators revealed an artist rendering of what the new venue will look like.

“We’re really excited to be able to finally offer Montrealers their first chance to get out of their homes and do something together but apart. And, while keeping everyone safe and respecting physical distancing rules," said Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre co-creators Adam Bultz and Lorne Levitt in a statement.

The rendering features the site’s 30-foot-wide stage, complete with a giant LED screen and the event grounds, which can accommodate 250 cars.

The company is promising "premium audio" that will be broadcast to each car through its own sound system.

C3 Events and Total Events, the companies behind the initiative, are contending that the new event space at the intersection of Décarie and Highway 40 is the first of its kind in Canada.

The classic film feature Footloose will be the first movie shown Sunday, with Mission Impossible: Fallout following on June 22, Catch Me If You Can on June 23, and Gemini Man on June 25.

A special Saint Jean-Baptiste celebration called "United in Diversity” will take place on June 25. 

[rebelmouse-image 26884719 photo_credit="Courtesy of the Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre" expand=1 original_size="1729x1275"] Courtesy of the Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre

As the name would suggest, the night’s mission will be to celebrate the diversity of Quebec culture with performances by stand-up comedians Eddy King, Angelo Schiraldi, Sarahmée, Kyng Rose, and other performers. The cost is by donation.  

The admission price for regular movie screenings is $40 per vehicle.  

It's been months since city residents have been able to sit down to a buttery tub of popcorn and an evening movie.

The creators of the Royalmount are hoping their theatre "will finally give Montrealers a chance to offer themselves an hour or two of respite from the mental and physical fatigue of living with the daily threat of the coronavirus," said the statement.  

To keep guests safe, concession workers will offer up tasty treats right to your car door, eliminating the need for you to leave their vehicles.  

There will also be individual bathrooms with their own wash stations that are to be disinfected regularly.

In addition, security guards will be on-site to safely direct guests to where they need to go.

There will also be designated safe zones around the parking spaces to allow guests to tailgate.

Aside from drive-in movies, the space will also be able to accommodate events of every kind from live music to graduations. 

This article's cover image is used for illustrative purposes only.

Ezra Black
Contributing Writer
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