As businesses and storefronts reopen in America, many will look a bit different than we remember them. Companies are doing their best to create safe, fun environments amid the coronavirus pandemic, and that has taken many shapes and forms.
Walmart, for instance, has been bringing back an American classic: drive-in movie theaters. Most theaters have been closed since March and families have lost a vital source of entertainment. To make up for that, the retail giant is screening popular films in Walmart parking lots nationwide. And best of all, tickets are completely free for the whole family.
Before you grab your family, hop in the car, and drive to the nearest Walmart, here’s what you need to know about the Walmart Drive-In program.
Walmart Drive-In Movies
Walmart actually started it’s drive-in program in August, but demand was through the roof at first. Virtually every movie in the first month was sold out within days. But after weeks of sold-out parking lots, most of the remaining events have plenty of space left!
The movie selection has something for all ages. Screenings feature modern hits like Black Panther and Wonder Woman, as well as classics like Space Jam, The Wizard of Oz, and E.T. As part of each event, celebrities such as Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Garner, or Drew Barrymore will make virtual or in-person appearances to enhance the experience. Walmart is really pulling out all the stops to provide families with a fun, safe night out.
There are, of course, a few rules. Moviegoers should stay in their car at all times, and wear a mask if they ever step outside. To see a screening, your car also needs a radio of any kind to get the audio by tuning in to a specific station they’ll provide. As far as snacks go, customers can order pickup or delivery from Walmart ahead of time for their popcorn, candy, soda, etc. Alcohol, however, is banned from the events.
Tickets are totally free, but limited to one per customer and must be requested in advance. One ticket covers one car, and you can find an event near you on Walmart’s site. As of now, Walmart has screenings planned through October 21st, so get your tickets while you can!