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Minturn's Drive-In Movie Theater Returns!

As a socially distanced alternative to the cineplex, High Rockies Blue-Starlite, the Colorado outpost of Austin's retro-chic (and pandemic-friendly) pop-up outdoor movie theater, makes a summer comeback on the banks of the Eagle River.

By Staff May 19, 2020

Austin-based Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In returns to Minturn on May 28, screening "Call of the Wild" in the great outdoors on the banks of the Eagle River

While traditional indoor moviegoing remains a dicey proposition given our current public health situation, the old-school experience of driving your car to watch a blockbuster on a billboard-sized outdoor screen is making a comeback thanks to the pandemic. And Minturn is no exception. Josh Frank, founder of Austin-based Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, officially announced that the pop-up outdoor cineplex he bills as "America's Highest Drive-In" will return to Minturn's Little Beach Park on May 28. The summer season debut? "Call of the Wild," an appropriate kick-off given the backdrop (the craggy ridges of Vail and Battle Mountain) and an outdoorsy crowd that's been under quarantine lockdown since mid-March. "During these strange times ... we are hoping to bring these options to the valley for our mountain community to take advantage of as our friends and fans in Austin are currently," says Frank. And they are. As of May 19, all parking slots at the drive-in's May 28 debut were sold out. Luckily, there will be many more nights and films (from "The Original Muppet Movie" to "Independence Day") screening through the end of August.

Find the complete summer schedule, and reserve your tickets, here. Season pass for one car + two occupants, from $175; individual car slot (includes two occupants), from $27.

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