America's Highest Drive-In Theater* Extends Its Season

The valley's drive-in move theater looks to fall, with spooky screenings throughout the month of October, and plans for an indoor venue set to open in November.

By Kirsten Dobroth October 9, 2017

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Blue Starlite's outdoor venue in Minturn.

Image: Zach Mahone

If you missed Blue Starlite's second summer at Little Beach Park in Minturn, you're in luck: the outdoor cinema that bills itself as "America's Highest Drive-In" (*We checked: Buena Vista's Comanche Drive-In Theater is actually 104 feet higher--but hey, it's closed for the season!) is extending its run into October, with a month-long lineup of spooky films for the Halloween season. Classics like "The Shining," "Halloween," and "Beetlejuice" will be screening each weekend, with a Halloween-themed countdown beginning October 28th and running through October 31, when the season ends as it should, with "Ghostbusters." And if you still can't make it to the Minturn venue (where the scenery is just one of the perks—beer from Vail Brewing Company and Northside donuts being another), there's still a chance to sample Blue Starlite — albeit from a warmer venue. The Austin-based pop-up cinema chain just announced plans to partner with Hotel Talisa — formerly known as Vail Cascade — and open Cinema Social, a hip cineplex where patrons can indulge in dinner at an '80s-themed summer club with dancing before the show (e.g., prom night prior to a screening of "Back to the Future"). The food and beverage menu will be curated by the executive chef at Talisa, with the new luxury hotel and all it offers accessible via a heated underground walkway. Although we'll miss watching E.T. through the windshield on summer nights by the Eagle River, Cinema Social promises to be a cozy place to park in the interim. 

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