Drive-In and Chill

Vineyard’s Drive-in Theater Offers Scenic — and Distanced — Movie Setting 

Who says we can’t have fun while staying six feet apart and hanging out in our car? A drive-in theater newly opened at Running Hare Vineyard in Prince Frederick lets film fans enjoy a movie theater experience while safely distanced. 

The setting of this cinema experience could be a scene straight out of a film. “We are screening movies in a field next to our red wine vines,” says Matt Scarborough, COO of Running Hare Vineyard. “The area overlooks the rolling hills and vines of our vineyard. People see the vines when they first arrive.” 

The large outdoor screen is 18-feet tall and 24-feet wide, half as wide as a semi-truck. Moviegoers can watch from the comfort and privacy of their own vehicles. But no drive-in experience is complete without snacks, and the vineyard is making sure moviegoers have plenty of concession choices. 

“We are offering wine, beer and wine slushies,” Scarborough says. “Food options include wood-fired pizzas, street tacos, French fries and onion rings.” 

The vineyard launched the theater experience this past weekend to an enthusiastic crowd, showing Grease, The Goonies and Toy Story. 

“Opening weekend went really well,” Scarborough says. “We had 150 cars Friday night and 200 cars Saturday and Sunday nights.” 

You can take in a night at the movies for $25 per car. Members of the vineyard’s VIP clubs receive a discount on movie tickets, based upon their membership level. 

Purchase tickets on the Running Hare Vineyard Facebook page. Gates open at 7pm, movies begin 8:30pm. This week’s lineup is: Thursday June 4 Ferris Bueller’s Day Off; Friday June 5, Talladega Nights; Saturday June 6, The Sandlot; and Sunday June 7, Princess Bride.