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WEB EXCLUSIVE Get outside and enjoy the warm weather while safely experiencing an outdoor flick around Raleigh.
Who needs a cold, dark movie theater when you can enjoy your fave flicks under the open sky? (We sure don’t!) Outdoor movies became all the rage last year when theaters were forced to shutternow the vantage point has gained so much popularity, many local venues are upping their drive-in and pop-up movie game this spring and summer. Below, we round up some great local spots to catch a flick outdoors.
Food Truck Flix
Roll out for some 1950s-style fun with this uber-unique pairing: drive-in movie + rotating local food truck (Think Chirba Chirba, Chick-N-Que and Gussy’s)—because life is clearly “butter” when you swap that theater popcorn for dank dumplings.
Upcoming fam-friendly “flix” include Moana (April 9), Finding Dory (April 10), Space Jam (May 15) and Black Panther (June 19). And view for good, as a portion of proceeds from your $25 car pass benefits a rotating monthly local nonprofit. This month’s cause is the Jack & Jill Foundation of America, supporting services, programs and organizations that address underlying causes of social problems affecting African American communities.
Movies, food trucks and a good cause? We’re loadin’ the trunk full of snacks… Frontier RTP and NC Food Bank, foodtruckflix.com
WakeMed Movies by Moonlight
When the sun goes down, the fun comes up at Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s weekly WakedMed Movies by Moonlight series each Friday. Grab boo, the crew or the fam for Captain Marvel (April 16), Aladdin (April 23), Impractical Jokers The Movie (April 30) and Trolls World Tour (May 7)—among others.
And since no movie experience is complete without snacks, enter Koka Booth’s Picnic in the Park, peddling palate-pleasing food items from Pizza Hut, Lowes Foods and Taziki’s Mediterranean Café for preorder; plus the Crescent Cafe, serving up sammies, popcorn (!), nachos, candy and more. Movie-goers can also BYO food and nonalcoholic bevs, lawn chairs, and blankets for the coziest moonlit movie night. Cue the awws. boothamphitheatre.com
In the famed words of Billy Batson (Shazam), “Look, man, maybe this is magic.” Park it this month at Triangle Town Center’s own retro drive-in movie site for Shazam (April 16), Captain Marvel (April 17), The Croods: A New Age (April 24) and Ratatouille (April 30).
Keep it groovy like a drive-in movie and tune into 90.3 FM on your car’s radio to get the sound from the film broadcasted directly to your vehicle; then fuel up on food from the concession stand, the mall’s Tye Way Cafe or the rotating food truck; and recline your chair to enjoy the show. triangledrive.in
Mordecai Beverage Co.
A beer, some grub from a local food truck and a movie under the stars beats watching Netflix on the couch anyday. Every Friday night, Mordecai Beverage Co. rolls out the outdoor movie screen, brews and heaters—all you have to do is bring a blanket and a good attitude.
A rotating local food truck provides sustenance when hunger strikes (or score some grub from Fine Folk at Union Special!). Past food trucks have included DubzGrub, Same O Dame O’s Shrimp, Fish and Grits, and Levy’s Jerkstand. mordecaibev.co
Raleigh Road Outdoor Theatre
Double the feature, double the fun. Each weekend this pet-friendly (!) outdoor theater screens two showings per night—and righting the societal wrongs of those ill-behaved days of your youth when sneaking into a double feature was frowned upon, guests are encouraged to go see both.
New flicks like Godzilla vs. Kong (April 15) and classics like The Shining (April 15) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (April 16) round out the upcoming schedule. With concessions like burgers and dogs, mozzarella sticks, and mac and cheese bites, sticking around for two flicks certainly won’t be a problem.
Cozy up with your boo in the car, or bring a blanket or lawn chair to soak up the warm spring weather with your fam or friends. This is how all movies should be viewed. See you there! raleighroaddrivein.com
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