Kara Becker, owner of The Hub in Prineville and host of the only drive-in experience in the region, noted that drive-in movies offer a sense of nostalgia and connection that normal movie theaters do not.
Becker explained that she was gifted an FM transmitter from a pastor that held a drive-in Easter church service in her empty parking lot. "He allowed us to borrow the transmitter, and we were like, 'Hey, hosting a movie night would be awesome.' Unfortunately, we'll only be showing movies through the end of the month. We've got movies slated for every Friday at 8:30. Next week we'll be showing Footloose, the week after that, Oh Brother, Where Art Thou? We want to show a combination of kid-friendly and adult movies."
The Source's own movie guru, Jared Rasic, explained that he had been looking into drive-in options for around a month with no luck. "Nowhere close-by is doing anything like that," he said. "I don't understand why there isn't a bigger push to bring drive-ins back. Why don't people like drive-ins anymore? Why are they so unsustainable? Regular theaters are filled with people that are either there to talk, make out or look at their phone every three minutes. A drive-in would be perfect... even more so now than they were in their heyday. A modern drive-in with wood-fired pizza, craft beer and good sound would be an absolute gold-mine."
After the amount of fun I had at Prineville's humble offering, I would have to agree. While there are no plans to open a drive-in in Bend as of now, there is no harm in staying optimistic.
Update: The Cascade Relays Foundation has been putting on drive-in movies at their warehouse (located at 1177 SE 9th Street) for the past month. Thank you to Scott Douglass for bringing this to our attention! "We are excited to be bringing a safe socially distanced entertainment option to Bend. So far, we've raised $2500 for Neighbor Impact and the family Access Network (FAN)," said Douglass.
Upcoming movie dates and times are as follows:
Fri., May 22:
Spies in Disguise (5:30pm)
Princess Bride (8:15pm)
Sat., May 23:
Spies in Disguise (10am)
Peanuts the Movie (6:45pm)
Ford VS. Ferrari (6:45pm)