Gone are the days of the classic drive-in movie theater. Long gone.
It’s a concept that is foreign to young movie-goers of the millennium. However, there is an outdoor traveling movie-watching venue that comes as close as it gets — Shore Flicks.
“Our goal is to bring back the outdoor family movie experience by echoing the nostalgic feel of the drive-in movie theater, which was invented in New Jersey,” said Shore Flicks owner TJ Brustowicz in a released statement.
That mission in mind, the group, in existence since 2007 and based in Tinton Falls, travels around to different municipalities in Monmouth County in the summer and sets up a giant 16-foot movie screen outdoors.
People gather to watch scheduled movies under the stars with family, friends and neighbors for free — sans the cars.
This summer, Shore Flicks has announced that its Summer Movie Series will include 60 movie nights in 19 county towns. The movies are free. Shore Flicks is sponsored by several local businesses. The organizers do, however, collect non-perishable food that gets distributed to area pantries. Last year, according to the release, 1,000 pounds of food was collected.
This year, the goal is to not only surpass last year’s collection in weight, but to successfully support two local non-profits with environmental and health focuses: Clean Ocean Action and Kick Cancer Overboard.
This year, Shore Flicks will feature three movie nights at :
• June 26 — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
• July 10 — Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
• Aug. 15 — Zookeeper
See you at the movies!
* Movies may be subject to change.
In the meantime, answer these questions: Have you ever been to a drive-in movie? If so, what was the last movie you saw at one and where? Tell us in the comments section below!