Your Local Drive-In Wants to Treat You to a Free Movie

April 23 chosen as free movie night

If you have never been to a drive-in movie, now is your chance. A group of Bay Area drive-in theaters are going to let movie goers check out two flicks on their big screens for absolutely free.

The West Wind Drive-Ins, with two locations in the Bay Area and one in Sacramento, are planning to offer their free movie night on April 23 to say thank you to its customers.

The theater chain says its drive-in movie attendance is up by double digits this year despite the economic downturn

“As the economy continues to remain uncertain, people’s spending habits continue to remain conservative.” Tony Maniscalco, the vice president of marketing, said.  “But, consumers are not stopping spending all together; they are, however, being smarter about their spending.  We see this trend continuing for some time, and we expect to continue to grow.”

The drive-in is actually not that expensive to begin with, especially when compared to indoor movie theaters. Tickets cost $6.75 per adult, and kids 5 to 11-years-old are just $1.00, while kids under 5 are free.  Plus, one ticket gets you access to watch two movies.

“We are thrilled that people are re-discovering the family fun of the drive-in” Maniscalco said. “We haven’t seen attendance like this in 20 years”

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On April 23 the drive-ins will show “Bedtime Stories,” “Madagascar 2” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” at Capitol and Sacramento. 

In the Bay Area the participating drive-ins are the Solano Drive-In in Concord, located at 1611 Solano Way, and the Capitol Drive-In in San Jose, located at 3630 Hillcap Ave.  In Sacramento, the Sacramento 6 drive-in is located at 9616 Oates Dr. 

Gates at all theaters will open at 6 p.m. and movies will start at 8 p.m. In addition to the free movies, there will be bounce houses for the kids and other fun activities planned prior to the start of the movie.

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