Pop-up drive-in movie theater coming to Columbia this Summer


COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Moviegoers in the Midlands are in for a special treat as the first movie in the Summer Drive-In Series at the Historic Columbia Speedway debuts May 20.

The 1993 film “The Sandlot” will kick-off the summer series.

The movie, which is set in 1962, is about a kid who moves to a new town and is taken under the wing of a young baseball prodigy and his teammates resulting in lots of comedic adventures.

The Historic Columbia Speedway will accommodate about 300 cars in a lot, projecting the film from an inflatable 55-foot screen with the ability to listen to the movie in their car radio or by sitting outside of their car.

Parking passes are $20 per carload or $30 for “Special VIP parking” where drivers can park on the front row of the lot. Click here to order your passes in advance.

The pop-up-theater is set up to have a festival feel therefore food trucks and art exhibits will be available.

Concessions stands will be on the field selling snacks such as hotdogs, popcorn, and assorted goodies. Visitors are also allowed to bring their own snacks and beverages but must dump their trash out at the dumpsters located by the exit gates. No grilling is allowed.

The speedway is located at 2001 Charleston Highway in Cayce.

The cash only drive-in will be showing several different types of movies in four categories: Family Night, Throwback Night, Horror Night and Star Wars Saga Night.

  • May 20 – Family Night (The Sandlot)
  • June 17 – Throwback Night (Grease)
  • July 22 – Horror Night (The Shining)
  • August 12 – Star Wars Night (Rogue One)

Rain dates are May 27, June 24, July 29 and August 26.

In the event that a show is sold out, an overflow lot and extra law space will be available for individuals who would like to walk in and bring lawn chairs or a blanket.

Pets are allowed at the event only if they are kept on a leash and not a distraction or disturbance to others.

Columbia Opportunity Resource is working to find volunteers to work at the pop-up movie theater.

The pop-up-drive-in is the latest project sponsored by What’s Next Midlands, which is a group of individuals who generate ideas for improving the quality of living in the Columbia area.

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