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Drive-in movies are coming to Tampa’s Armature Works

Rooftop Cinema Club will start socially-distant outdoor movie screenings on Oct. 15.

A new contactless drive-in movie experience is coming to Tampa.

Rooftop Cinema Club will offer socially-distant distant movie screenings at Armature Works. The outdoor screenings start on Oct. 15 with a showing of Grease.

Rooftop Cinema Club has opened drive-in movie venues in the UK, Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego and Houston. “The Drive-In at Armature Works” will be the chain’s first location in Florida.

The drive-in’s October film lineup features a mix of modern and classic movies, from family-friendly Halloween favorites, like Hocus Pocus and The Addams Family, to films shot around Tampa Bay, like Cocoon and Edward Scissorhands.

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Masks are required for guests outside of their vehicles during Rooftop Cinema Club's drive-in movies at Armature Works. [ Courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club ]

Rooftop Cinema Club has implemented a number of safety precautions to ensure a contactless moviegoing experience. All ticket and concession purchases are made online. Parking ushers are trained to space out cars up to 10 feet apart. Once parked, guests can watch the film from inside their vehicle, but aren’t allowed to spread out beyond their 10-foot by 15-foot parking space. Masks are required when leaving vehicles to pick up snacks or use the restroom.

“The return of this great American institution continues to grow in popularity as we’ve seen around the country, which aren’t weeklong pop-ups, they are here to stay as long as people need this as a safe escape during this uncertain time,” said Gerry Cottle, owner and founder of Rooftop Cinema Club, in a release. “We can’t wait to share our passion for great film and memorable viewing experiences with Tampa Bay.”

If you go

The Drive-In at Armature Works: Movie screenings take place at Tampa’s Armature Works at 420 W. Oak Ave. Early screenings of family-friendly flicks start around 7:30, with later showings appropriate for date nights and older crowds beginning at 10:30. The drive-in’s first lineup runs from October 15 to November 1.

Admission: Tickets range from $22-34 per car regardless of occupancy, with price varying depending on the time of the screening and proximity to the screen. Rooftop Cinema Club is also hosting $5 Community Screenings “for those impacted by COVID-19” every Sunday, with 100% of the proceeds from these screenings donated directly to Feeding Tampa Bay and to The Spring of Tampa Bay. Reservations must be made in advance at Guests receive 10 % off their first purchase by subscribing to the Tampa email list.

Film Listings for The Drive-In at Armature Works

October 15: Grease

October 16: Jurassic Park, Friday

October 17: Hocus Pocus, Black Panther

October 18: Jumanji: The Next Level

October 19: The Greatest Showman, Crazy Stupid Love

October 20: Space Jam, Love & Basketball

October 21: Hocus Pocus, 10 Things I Hate About You

October 22: The Princess Bride, Bad Boys

October 23: The Goonies, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

October 24: Hocus Pocus, Guardians of the Galaxy

October 25: Shrek, Baby Driver (Community Screening)

October 26: Cocoon, Edward Scissorhands

October 27: The Addams Family, The Ring

October 28: Ghostbusters, Gremlins

October 29: Beetlejuice, The Sixth Sense

October 30: Monsters, Inc.; Ghostbusters

October 31: Hocus Pocus, Halloween

November 1: Coco, Romeo + Juliet (Community Screening)