To update: On August 28, the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation made the following statement:
“Due to technical difficulties that have nothing to do with the theater, we are unfortunately postponing the opening weekend of the drive-in cinema. Austin Energy is currently fixing an issue with its equipment, which is on the same level of the garage as the Blue Starlite drive-in. We intend to begin demonstrations on Wednesday September 2nd and appreciate the overwhelming support we’ve received from the community since the downtown rooftop location was announced. “
Austin’s “mini” drive-in cinema is making great strides. On August 27, the locally owned Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In Theater will debut on the roof of the State Theater parking lot at 300 San Antonio Street in its newest location – the brand’s third.
In an age of social distance where we’re all looking for something – anything – the latest Blue Starlite locale is blockbuster news. From next week through late October, the drive-in will host special screenings ranging from favorite family movies to classic concert series to spooky screenings of the original Halloween, all shown on a rooftop with 360-degree views of downtown Austin.
The film series begins on August 27th with a double feature from Hairspray: The Musical and Dazed and Confused. The opening weekend continues with kid-friendly Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs and a late-night screening of Beastie Boys: Awesome IF * n Shot That, a concert film about the band’s 2004 appearance at Madison Square Garden.
A full schedule and tee times can be found here.
“For many years we have had the vision of a Blue Starlite on the roof in the heart of downtown Austin,” said Josh Frank, owner of Blue Starlite, in a press release. “Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation and their diligence in finding the perfect space, we are happy to be able to manifest our vision in solidarity with other local companies. We hope that our Blue Starlite experience will help bring a shining light to our customers and our beloved city at the end of the tunnel. “
The Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Downtown Austin Alliance, supports the new drive-in initiative. As part of the film screenings, the Foundation will involve local artists, musicians, storytellers and other performing arts organizations to create complementary programs.
“”[The special events] Provide our creative community with a safe stage and engaged audience for programs that focus on musical and theatrical performances, storytelling and more, “the foundation said in a press release.
Tickets cost $ 35 for a car slot for two people and $ 10 for each additional passenger. Concession packages are also offered for $ 10 and include two sodas, popcorn, and candy from the movie theater. Additional concessions can also be ordered and delivered to your car during the show.
In a press release, the foundation is also planning to partner with restaurants and businesses in the area so that moviegoers can order concessions and bring them straight to the state’s parking garage. “This will help create a unique Austin experience while promoting local businesses whose businesses have been negatively impacted by COVID-19,” said the organizers.
“The Downtown Alliance Foundation is excited to help bring this unique and unique downtown Austin experience to our city,” said Molly Alexander, executive director of the Downtown Austin Alliance Foundation. “At a time when we are all doing our part to protect our community, this provides an opportunity to leave the house and safely enjoy a movie, live music or a theater production.”