4th Annual PDX Drive In Movie Spectacular
These days it is darn tough to find a good old fashioned drive-in movie theater. I'm not entirely sure why this very fun nighttime activity has all but disappeared (indeed there are still a couple around), but shed no tears...the 4th Annual PDX Drive In Movie Spectacular is coming August 15-19 at the Expo Center. Moreover, this isn't your average drive-in experience. This 5-day, all-ages event features classic 80's movies, truly great food, live music, a HUB hangout space, beer garden and more. Click this link to see the complete schedule of movies, bands, etc. Further, Ultra-HD picture quality and outdoor speaker sound really up the ante.
As noted, this year features some great flicks from my era (the 80's): Rocky, The THING, Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Dirty Dancing and Best in Show. Such great movies...but so much more fun to watch in this kind of environment. Where else can you pop your hatchback, roll out the sleeping bags, deploy your collapsable chairs...and, well, get your drive-in on??!! As noted, there are still a few drive-ins around (great one in Newberg actually), but this event takes the experience over the top.
Getting Tickets and Showtimes
This is a popular event so get your tickets asap. Pricing is good at $13 for a carload of up to 6 people. Walk-ins or bicyclists pay $5 for entry. Here's a link to buy tickets.
The gates open at 6:30 p.m. (arrive even earlier to get lined up for snagging the best parking spots). Movies begin at dusk...but there are vendors, food, short films, etc...to keep you quite busy until showtime! Enjoy!
If you're really into drive-in movies, then check out this Hollywood twist on this classic activity. Here's a drive-in (in L.A.) where the classic cars are already provided (no regular cars allowed actually). See it here.