LeMay – America’s Car Museum (ACM) is bringing back summer drive-in movies, free of charge, for families, longtime moviegoers and new generations who’ve only been to multiplexes.
Featuring Smokey and the Bandit on July 26 and American Graffiti on Aug. 16, ACM is hosting its drive-ins on the 3.5-acre show field adjacent to the 165,000 sq. ft. museum – the largest automotive museum in North America. ACM inflates a 40-foot screen for viewing the movies against a backdrop of the Tacoma, Wash., skyline and Puget Sound.
“Drive-in movies on warm summer nights were magic decades ago,” said Jeff Keys, ACM’s guest services manager. “It’s nostalgia at its finest. So few places around the U.S. have drive-ins anymore. ACM considers this a part of its mission to retain a slice of Americana that might otherwise be lost.”
ACM plays sound through outdoor speakers and an FM transmitter for in-car listening. It also opens up a space in front of where cars are parked for those who would rather sit on a blanket or in a lawn chair.
“Clearly, we’ve struck a chord with our audiences, as our summer movies have proven very popular in the past,” Keys continued. “The showings are consistently packed.
“We expect a contingent Pontiac Trans Ams to line the field for Smokey and the Bandit, just as we expect plenty of Ford hot rods and ’56 Thunderbirds for American Graffiti,” said Keys. “We’ll even have some of ACM’s ‘star cars’ out on the field, too, to help set the mood.”
On movie nights, the show field opens at 4:30 p.m., with the movies starting around 9 p.m. Food is available onsite for purchase with catering from Tacoma’s Pacific Grill restaurant.
About LeMay – America’s Car Museum
LeMay – America’s Car Museum, which opened in June 2012 in downtown Tacoma, Wash., explores how the automobile has fulfilled a distinctive role at the core of the American experience and shaped our society. The four-level, 165,000 sq. ft. museum with rotating exhibits is designed to be the centerpiece for automotive history as well as an educational center and library. The campus, offering a majestic view above the Foss Waterway, is located adjacent to the Tacoma Dome and contains a 3.5-acre show field, theatre, café, banquet hall and meeting facilities. To get information on Museum hours, becoming an ACM member, volunteer opportunities or to make a donation, visit lemaymuseum.org.