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Arizona has four drive-ins open for you to watch movies with friends and family

Who says you can’t go out and watch a movie? With social distancing the new norm, all Valley movie theaters have been closed. As a result, people have been stuck home with their own devices, literally and figuratively.

In comes three Valley drive-ins to keep you safe and entertained. One of them opens this weekend, another popped up recently, and the third is a Valley staple.

West Wind Glendale 9 Drive-In
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The West Wind Glendale Drive-In is the last remaining true drive-in theater in the Phoenix area that screens first-run movies, the same movies screened at movie theaters, which are closed due to Gov. Ducey’s stay-at-home order. West Wind has remained open during the COVID-19 pandemic, though with strict guidelines. Gates open at 6:15 p.m. and movies are currently scheduled to begin at 7:40 p.m. Admission is $7.75 for adults and $1.75 for kids, aged 4-11. Schedule updates are posted on the theater’s Facebook page.

To maintain social distancing, people have to stay inside their vehicles, which does include a truck bed. People are not allowed to stand, sit, or otherwise be outside the vehicle. Restrooms are open, but limited to a certain amount of people. The theater is located at 5605 N. 55th Avenue Glendale AZ 85301, near Montebello and 55th avenues.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
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The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in Scottsdale recently announced that it would screen a selection of family-friendly animated movies as part of its “Drive-In Movie Night at the Princess.” Upcoming movies include Frozen, Shrek, Toy Story 4, A Dog’s Journey, Secret Life of Pets 2, Coco, and The Incredibles.

Movies will be screened every Friday and Saturday night from the resort’s valet parking lot. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids, aged 6-12. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The parking lot opens at 7 p.m. with a pre-show beginning at 7:45 p.m. and the movie starting at 8 p.m. Cars will be parked 10 feet from each other. A concession pack is available for $10 and includes two bottles of water, a bag of popcorn, and two boxes of candy. Proceeds will benefit the Princess Employee Family Meal Fund. More information.

Moonlight Movie Nights
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Yam Properties, which owns a bunch of shopping centers in the Valley, including Westgate, has teamed up with Steve Levine Entertainment to open a pop-up drive-in movie theater that will reportedly travel to other properties in the Phoenix area.

This weekend, April 23-25, and May 1-3, the pop-up drive-in will be held at the Sonora Village shopping near the Loop 101 and Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd. in Scottsdale. The two movies being shown are “The Greatest Showman” and “Dodgeball.” Showtimes are at 7:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.

Admission is $15 per vehicle (up to two people) or $20 per vehicle (three or four people). Food will also be available from participating restaurants. Those who purchase at least the cost of their movie ticket in food from those restaurants (at least $15-$20) will be reimbursed the cost of their movie ticket, according to the website.

Digital Drive-In
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After dozens of festivals were canceled or postponed in the Valley, a group of entrepreneurs collaborated and combined their equipment to open a pop-up drive-in in Mesa near Alma School and the Loop 202 Red Mountain Freeway. Movies are shown every night of the week. Showtimes can be viewed on their website, http://digitaldriveinaz.com.

As of this writing, the movie selection included “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” and “Big.” Admission is $22 ($8 per vehicle, plus $14 in fees), according to the website. Their address is 901 N. Alma School Rd., Mesa AZ 85201.

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Jeff Kode

Jeff Kode has previously written articles for The Arizona Republic, as well as other publications including Echo Magazine and IONAZ Magazine. He is an enthusiastic movie lover, and enjoys discovering new music. He was previously on air middays with his own show The Sugar Rush, 6-9 am on The Morning Beat with Steve and Jeff, and can now be heard during the afternoon drive 3 to 5 pm at 88.7 The Pulse.
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