Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In - Miami
7271 SW 168th Street,
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In 2010 Josh Frank opened the original Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In in Austin, Texas, “concentrating on indie films, art house, cult, Gen X/Y, childhood favorites, and drive-in classics” as stated on the Blue Startlite’s website.
In 2013, Josh brought the concept to Miami, FL, opening this second location originally at 70 NW 29th Street in the Wynwood neighborhood near O Cinema.
From the website‘s “About Us” page: “What makes a ‘mini urban drive-in?’ It is small, intimate, and right in the heart of the city. It recreates the historical drive-in experience without the long drive to the countryside and without the vast expansive parking lot feel.”
The drive-in includes a digital projector, a professional inflatable screen, and a cute small camper-trailer which serves as the box office and concession stand. Sound comes through your car’s radio as well as the cinema’s speakers. Their website says 15-50 cars can be admitted per night and movie-goers may also walk-in or bike-in without a car. It is also rentable for private events.
Made of portable components, the drive-in has relocated three times within the Miami-Dade County area: first to the parking lot behind the Coconut Grove Playhouse at 3500 Main Highway (June 2014), then a parking lot in Kennedy Park at 2476 South Bayshore Drive (September 2015) also in the Coconut Grove neighborhood, and as of February 2016, to 7271 SW 168th Street in Palmetto Bay, off Old Cutler Road on land that had been the location of the Old Cutler Inn restaurant for many years near the historic Deering Estate.
The drive-in also sometimes holds screenings at the Historic Virginia Key Beach Park east of downtown Miami at 4020 Virginia Beach Drive, reached via the Rickenbacker Causeway.
Business is seasonal and the Miami version of the Blue Starlite spends the summer in Minturn, Colorado in the Rocky Mountains as “the highest drive-in in the country“.
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