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St. Petersburg is getting a 179-car drive-in theater

You can soon watch movies from the comfort of your own vehicle.
Rooftop Cinema Club has drive-in movie venues.
Rooftop Cinema Club has drive-in movie venues. [ Courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club ]
Published Mar. 9, 2021|Updated Mar. 9, 2021

St. Petersburg’s Warehouse Arts District will soon get a drive-in movie theater courtesy of Rooftop Cinema Club. Located at 2100 Third Ave. S, the theater is expected to offer online ticket ordering, contactless concessions and sanitized restrooms.

“We love the Tampa Bay area, and after having such a successful drive-in at Armature Works, we were looking for a more permanent drive-in home,” said Gerry Cottle, CEO of Rooftop Cinema Club. “The Downtown St. Pete Arts District has an amazing energy that we know will be perfect for our venue.”

Moviegoers will tune in to a given FM radio station to enjoy the sound while watching a movie on a 64-foot cinema screen from the safety of their own vehicles. Movie lineups are expected to include cult films, classics and new releases.

Joseph Furst, the managing director of Place Projects, which owns the land Rooftop Cinema Club plans to build on, said he thinks the drive-in will make better use of the land and compliment the city.

“I appreciate that they partner with the surrounding neighborhood groups to provide relevant content to the community,” Furst said.

Rooftop Cinema Club is known for choosing locations that highlight a city’s skyline. The company has locations in San Diego, New York City and more.

“We are very much looking forward to bringing our unique cinematic drive-in experience to St. Pete. It is our way of providing entertainment to the local community in a convenient, safe way that is fun for the whole family,” Cottle said.

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