Bay Area Goes To The (Drive-In) Movies

Margie Shafer
June 19, 2020 - 5:00 am

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    Drive in movie theaters have seen a bit of a resurgence in recent weeks, with locations opening in Concord, San Jose and Sacramento.

    Drive-in movies have also been shown at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.

    Now, the San Mateo Event Center is also offering showings this weekend and next weekend.

    How’s that for a night out?

    "We’re going to watch movies and eat corn dogs in the parking lot," San Mateo County Event Center COO Kletra Newton said. “How cool is that? What we have is space. Space is the thing that’s on our side. So, we are opening up our campus to host drive-in movies."

    The movies being shown Friday and Saturday night, along with next Friday, are "Dodgeball," "Napoleon Dynamite," and "Independence Day."

    "I have to tell you, it’s going to blow some of these kids minds," Newton laughed. "Because this will be their first experience with it and that is going to be awesome."

    While the San Mateo County Fair is cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, fair food will be for sale at the drive-in, including turkey legs, funnel cake and lemonade.

    Under the county’s new health order, up to 200 cars can watch the movie at a time.

    The San Mateo Event Center is also entertaining several ideas on the interior and exterior of the fence line. Details will be shared at a future date.