Blue Starlite Drive-In coming to Coconut Grove
Josh Frank first brought the retro drive-in theater to Wynwood but felt it was not a family sort of place, he wanted the drive-in movies to be all about family and he felt Coconut Grove was the place for that. Wynwood is more of a hipster place.
Blue Starlight, which helped ignite the drive-in resurgence currently sweeping the nation, will take up residence at Coconut Grove on June 23, 2014. “We have had our eyes on Coconut Grove, its special inhabitants, and specifically the lot behind the Grove’s Playhouse. It just seemed like the perfect home for our one-of-a-kind vintage drive-in experience,” said Josh, longtime Austinite, new Miamian and owner of Blue Starlite Urban Drive-In. With the help and support of the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID) and the Miami Parking Authority what once was a dream is now a reality.
“The Grove has an authentic coolness that wasn’t manufactured or planned. It just is, and always has been, a place for art, culture and friendly laid back vibes,” said Josh. As far as this Austin transplant is concerned, “it’s Florida’s version of Austin.”
According to Manny Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Coconut Grove BID, “this is a great opportunity to bring a weekly activity that provides a nostalgic ‘Grove’ feel for visitors and residents alike that will foster and reinforce a sense of community in Coconut Grove.”
Rolando Tapanes, Director of Planning and Development at Miami Parking Authority echoed similar sentiments. “We believe that the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in is an experience that will bring families and friends together, creating a sense of place that will be enjoyed by the Coconut Grove community and visitors alike,” said Tapanes.
Blue Starlite will now be able to accommodate 35 cars versus the 20-car limit at Wynwood, plus ample pedestrian seating throughout the drive-in. Although the venue will be bigger and more patrons are expected, guests will still be afforded an intimate, personal experience.
Blue’s vintage trailer concession stands and classic car projection booth will be making the move from Wynwood to Coconut Grove, as well as the drive-in classics, childhood favorites, indie films, art house, cult, and Gen X/Y pop culture picks and the drive-in’s famous ’50s friendly customer service Miamian’s have to come to love.
The Blue is also jump starting a new initiative, teaming up with local favorite Taurus: Food, Beer, and Whiskey House to provide full meals delivered car hop style directly to movie-goers on Blue Starlite’s vintage window food trays before the movie begins. A modern menu with a vintage food basket flare, the options include sliders, fried chicken fingers, hot dogs, French fries, and pickled chips. Once the movie is over, guests need not drive elsewhere in search of the perfect end to their Urban Drive-in night. Taurus, which is located next door will be serving up drink specials and lots of pop culture movie schmoozing as part of Apré Drive-in.
As the Coconut Grove location launches, shows will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, while its beach location will reopen in the fall with weekend movie nights. Movies will be shown on a 30 by 20 ft. screen positioned against the wall between the drive-in and the playhouse. During the initial months at the Coconut Grove, programming will include Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Grease Sing-A-Long, The Blob, Mars Attacks, Swingers, Cry Baby, The Big Lebowski, – of course – The Marx Brothers’ The Cocoanuts and much more.
Movies start at 8:30 pm, unless otherwise noted and the schedule is subject to change.
For the most up-to-date listing and time, please visit miamiurbandrivein.com.
June 23 Weird in Miami: Grand Open Grove – The Cocoanuts and Angel on My Shoulder
June 24 Family Night: Grand Open Grove: Mars Attacks and The Blob
June 25 Date Night: Grease Sing A-Long
Late Night: Cry Baby (11:00 pm)
June 26 Family Night: Grease Sing A-Long
Late Night: Cry Baby (10:30 pm)
June 30 Drive-Indie Night: Swingers and Clerks
July 1 Family Night: Ferris Buelller’s Day Off
July 2 Date Night: The Big Lebowski
Late Night: The Big Lebowski (11:00 pm)
July 3 Family Night: Ferris Buelller’s Day Off
Late Night: The Big Lebowski (11:00 pm)
July 7 Weird in Miami: Bad Boys
July 8 Family Night: The Princess Bride
July 9 Date Night: High Fidelity
Late Night: Bad Boys (11:00 pm)
July 10 Family Night: The Princess Bride
Late Night: High Fidelity (11:00 pm)
- $30.00 - $8.00
- $15.00Concessions (Not a Car Slot) - Smores Dessert Concession Package for 2 - $13.00
More ticket prices and to get tickets, please go here.
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