Boutique Drive-In Movie Theater to Open in Wynwood

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The Blue Starlite digs in Austin.
If you're a fan of the retro drive-in movie theater experience but not a fan of long drives to Broward County or the semi-slimy ambiance of the Swap Shop, we have good news: A new drive-in, authentic all the way down to the vintage car speakers, is slated to open in Wynwood by October.

Josh Frank, who launched the Blue Starlite mini urban drive-in in Austin, Texas, in 2009, has moved to Miami -- and he's brought the concept of a conveniently located, smaller-scale drive-in theater with him.

"The Blue," as Frank affectionately refers to the theater, is a blend of retro aesthetic and modern execution. Like the drive-ins of the 1950s, the Blue allows audiences to watch films from the comfort of their cars, with speakers hanging from the windows to provide the sound. (Frank purchased the speakers on eBay and restored them himself.) Unlike old-timey drive-ins, the Blue accommodates just a few dozen vehicles at a time; in Austin, the number is capped at 50.

"This is a very intimate experience," Frank explains. "Having a drive-in that catered to so few people, where each car feels like it's their night, that was a big lightbulb. Miami is so huge that when you do go out for entertainment, you are just one of many. And one of the things that I try to do with the Blue is create a going-out experience on more of a human scale."

The concept became immensely popular in Austin; even now, the business has a respectable four stars on Yelp. So why expand to Florida?

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18 comments
cpchester
cpchester topcommenter

Drive-in theaters are a suburban creation. What is the wisdom of importing this into a dense urban area? It will just be another parking lot during the daytime and bring more  quality-of-city destroying cars to the neighborhood. We should not be encouraging people to drive anywhere. Drive-ins started and died in the suburbs and they should stay there. I don't know why people are so excited about this idea.

Meli Misley
Meli Misley

My 'hood is in the news again... It's always lovely to read when it's not about crime...

Miriel Robles
Miriel Robles

Wendy Padron, that would be cool for your birthday...

Eddie Leon
Eddie Leon

RC Cola site would be perfect! Right next to @Wynwood-Brewing-Company

verygraceless
verygraceless

This is an awesome idea. But instead of just classics, why not add to the rather thin indie selection in Miami? This would complement O and take another legitimate step toward building a cool, vibrant scene in one of the only neighborhoods smart enough to support it.

Monica Matteo-Salinas
Monica Matteo-Salinas

I find it kinda strange that this is a big news story but he hasn't found a location yet....

Miami New Times
Miami New Times

Mark, if you think Wynwood is the worst part of town you must only wander around the areas of Coral Gables and Pinecrest.

Mark Casino-Brown
Mark Casino-Brown

Nothing more romantic than being unarmed in the worst part of town in your car watching a movie and eating popcorn.

jjcolagrande
jjcolagrande topcommenter

Awesome and so cool...


Imagining sixteen-year-olds, fetal positions, crammed trunks, Sixer's of PBR..   

pinchadiscos305
pinchadiscos305

looking forward to parking my VW camper and watching movies here!

JoseDuran
JoseDuran moderator communitymanager

@verygraceless Rather thin? Miami Beach Cinematheque, O Cinema, Coral Gables Cinema, Cosford Cinema, Paragon, and Regal SoBe beg to differ. If you can't find indie cinema, it's because you aren't trying hard enough.

verygraceless
verygraceless

All good spots, for sure--tho some in your list show more big budget Hollywood slop than independent film, frankly. So yes, still, sadly: rather thin.

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