Boutique Drive-In Movie Theater to Open in Wynwood
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.
via Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, Facebook The Blue Starlite digs in Austin.
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?