Cape Cod drive-in theater

Drive-in theaters, like this one in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, have enjoyed a wave of popularity while traditional theaters have been closed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To commemorate National Park & Recreation Month, the Loudoun County Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Services has scheduled three pop-up, drive-in movies to be shown at Segra Field in Leesburg on July 17, 24 and 31.

In a Wednesday night announcement, PRCS Director Steve Torpy said the department has had to come up with “new ways to create a spirit of community for Loudoun residents” as Virginia progresses through phases of reopening amid the COVID-19 health crisis.

“These pop-up movie events are just the thing to bring all ages out for some safe fun and relaxation during these challenging times,” Torpy said.

Cars will alternate parking spaces during the events, and attendees must maintain physical distancing of 10 feet or more at all times, according to the PRCS website. When attendees cannot properly distance themselves from others, they must wear face coverings.

County officials will announce the first movie title and begin selling tickets Monday. Tickets will cost $20 per car, must be purchased in advance online, and will be available until 7 p.m. on the day of the event or until they are sold out.

Gates will open for each showing at 8 p.m. at the Segra parking lot at 42095 Loudoun United Drive in Leesburg. More information is available at loudoun.gov/driveinmovies or by emailing prcs@loudoun.gov.

(54) comments

Lee_S_Burger

Event SOLD OUT in 40 min.

Voltaire

Lee_S_Burger---The term "Sold Out" is subjective. Is there any quantifiable data to support that premise?

Lee_S_Burger

All the tickets are sold and there are no more available?

LoudounClear

Great idea. Loudoun made an investment in soccer that would be paying off now but here comes COVID-19. Coming up with other ways to monitize that investment is a great idea. Don't like it (looking over at the usual crank seats), stay home. Like the idea...see you at the movies.

Voltaire

LoudounClear--you cannot say with certainty that the Loudoun soccer team will pay off. The Loudoun team (Loudoun United FC) is a reserve team of DC United Major League Soccer Team. People pay money to watch the big talent in the MLS, not the "reserve team". This is comparable to the European Leagues where they will pay serious money for the top squads but not the "B Squads". The top squads have the attractions that people will pay to watch such the likes of Cristian Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahamovic Lionel Messi, etc. Also, the stadium can ONLY hold 5,000 fans (pre-COVID-19). That doesn't generate much seating revenue. I would anticipate that, given social distancing, the number of seats available would drop 25% to 50% thereby reducing anticipated revenue accordingly.Further, revenue from concessions should also decrease by the same proportion as the seat revenues.

David Dickinson

$20 is not the problem. The problem is that the Board of Stupidvisors sank $25M into financing this stadium. The stadium was built. Then the team made 1 payment and stopped making the payments. So, Phyllis Randall said she is fine with the County paying $621,233 in 2020 to cover the lease payments for the team. The team also said that it actually has the money, but is conserving cash. Randall did this as she hiked everyone's property taxes and started taking a huge raise that she voted herself. So, Loudoun taxpayers got their taxes raised, then handed out a $621,233 corporate bailout and now HAS TO PAY $20 to see a movie on the same land for which they are paying $621,233 in rent. This is CRAZY!

ace10

When you spell it all out like out that, it makes the situation all the more insulting to Loudoun taxpayers.

LoudounClear

Well, if you think that explains it, you're not only feeling the insult, you're not particularly forward thinking. But that's OK....there are always a few who just don't get it.

ace10

It's "forward thinking" to raise taxes on the residents of Loudoun and then use those funds to provide a free pass to a the tenant?

This really isn't a complicated situation. At all.

Voltaire

LoudounClear--OK, what is there that is so "forward thinking"? That the County invested in the MLS equivalent of a B Squad team in a stadium with limited seating and people "magically hope" for a cash cow. It might be different if Loudoun United FC had some attractions such as superstar talent that would attract interest, but it doesn't have any. Nothing wrong with being realistic either.

DavisB

Wow, David - you frequently post about not wanting to pay for public services like schools but when it comes to paying for yourself and your family to watch a movie, you want the rest of us to pay your way - how cheap can you be?

LoudounClear

Very cheap indeed...

LoudounClear

Cue the sad trombones...

jbsets

First, they have to pay to show the movie. Second, I'd rather that they NOT use my tax dollars to show a movie to a tiny percentage of the Loudoun County population. That money should be used for the schools, first responders, road work, etc. It's not for your personal entertainment. You don't want to pay $20 per car for as many people you can squeeze into your car, stay home and watch Comcast, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, or any other streaming service that you already have. If you don't have one of those and don't want to dig a free movie out of your cable or satellite service, use your DVD player. Since you already pay for those services or own the movie and player, you're only out what you pay for the snacks...or should the county pay for those as well? Geez...

LoudounClear

David, you already said all that...

Voltaire

LoudounClear--maybe it needed to be repeated. The logic of his argument is quite good and deserves to be repeated.

LoudounPulse

Awesome

John M

I don't have a problem with the $20 per car considering I pay $36 for my family of four to go to the theater. Anyway, where is Segra field? I've never heard of it.

LoudounClear

Loudoun United!!!!!!!! Sycolin Road...across from the airport in Leesburg.

Voltaire

LoudounClear--wow. Explain to me how a reserve team (equivalent to a B Squad in European Leagues) is going to be a cash cow? Do they have superstar talent? No. Do they have a big stadium like they have in Europe with large scale seating? No, they have a 5,000 MAX seating capacity, and that is before COVID-19 and social distancing (which will reduce seating probably 25% and 50% and will shrink seating and concession revenue accordingly. So, they put it next to a REGIONAL airport. That's not going help bring in massive crowds and produce the type of revenues that will make this franchise profitable.

John M

LoudounClear, I suspected that was it, just didn't know the name of it. Why are you yelling!!!!!!!!

chrisnich

I don't get the outrage over $20 per car. If you can find a theater that is open, it will cost you between $12-$15 a person. And drive-ins generally show double features. So unless you are alone, you'll probably come out ahead. I for one, am looking forward to it.

ace10

You do understand that we all just paid much higher property taxes this year, right? And while you and I were stroking that FAT check to Loudoun, the BoS were making a sweet deal with their friends for the rent at the stadium, right?

jbsets

Stay home and use the services you already pay for. Let the county use the tax dollars to pay for what they were intended: schools, first responders, road work, etc. I don't have kids but I pay for schools. I'm not complaining that my tax dollars pay for your kids' education...

Voltaire

Jbets--I totally agree with you. I think that the Commonwealth of Virginia, through the Virginia Department of Transportation, is responsible for road maintenance, not the County of Loudoun. But, your point is spot on.

jbsets

Sounds like fun to me. If they don't like it, they should stay home with their cable and streaming services!

ace10

Cable and streaming services... what are those?

pittguy20

Interesting to know who here sounded off “ Open Loudoun !” “ Open Black Face !” NOW’S YOUR TIME! Or STAY HOME!” Wear a Mask 😷

westernloudounguy

I kind of doubt that the $20 per car price is going to work unless they are showing really old movies. The Drive-in in Winchester (it's great, everyone should go support them) says they generally can't charge a "per car" price because the movie studios generally won't permit it. The studios require they charge per person just like at a normal indoor theater. Guess we'll see next week.

Lawman

If you can’t pay $20 a car stay home.

ace10

Ah, there's that limousine-liberal attitude that is slowly creeping it's way into Loudoun!

jbsets

Stay home and use the services you already pay for. Let the county use the tax dollars to pay for what they were intended: schools, first responders, road work, etc. I don't have kids but I pay for schools. I'm not complaining that my tax dollars pay for your kids' education...

jbsets

Amen! All these complainers probably have cable or satellite and more than one streaming services. They can stay home and enjoy those.

CindyLou

The richest county in America and they have to charge $20 a car? During a pandemic when many are not working and have lost healthcare? Come on Loudoun County we just paid all our personal property tax and real estate taxes, you think you can give the poor and lower income people a break?????

David Dickinson

You are exactly right. Loudoun should not be paying a dime for this drive-in. I am going to guess the deadbeat stadium is going to have a concessions stand open and that, in some way, money is getting funneled to the guys Phyllis Randall let off the hook and won't pay their rent.

scatterbrain

People will complain about anything. Segra was probably selected because it's a big parking lot, and empty/available. The $20 price-point was probably selected because it's still reasonable for a family of 4-5, and any amount more-than-Free tends to discourage unruly behavior (and non-County residents).

David Dickinson

It is a good idea but charging Loudouners who are already paying the lease that the soccer team defaulted on after 1 payment...just the thought of that will keep me going to the Family Drive In, despite the stadium being practically next door.

ace10

Nice idea. But $20/car? Gimme a break. Bring your Louduon tax bill. No fee to enter.

The tenant of this facility has been given a sweetheart deal, but the taxpayers of Loudoun continue to foot the bill.

BigDaddyVA

$20 plus processing charges. Just go to Stephen City Family Drive-in!

DavisB

$20 per car and not have to drive out to Winchester - a great deal

Loudounlistener

Sometimes it's the principle...

DavisB

and sometimes it is $20

LoudounClear

And sometimes you just want to complain about whatever government does. And sometimes, you get so annoyed because the Trump fools don't realize that right now they're in charge of the government and if this is the best we can do, that November flush is going to satisfy so many...

Voltaire

LoudounClear--OK, believe it or not there are times when it is totally proper to complain about how the Government wastes tax dollars and is inefficient/ineffective. BTW, the subject is the use of the sports stadium to host a drive-in movie. That is a County of Loudoun Government issue, which currently is controlled by the DEMOCRATS. This article has ZERO relevance to Federal Government or Donald Trump. None.

DavisB

No, Voltaire - the subject is not the use of the sports stadium - the subject is that the country is hosting a drive in movie for the families of Loudoun at a very low price - all the rest including the funding of the stadium is just noisy tangents

Voltaire

DavisB--actually, it is part of the overall subject, thanks. There is a question concerning the use of a County funded sports complex (stadium) for projecting this "moviefest" at a price that some think is reasonable and some don't. Furthermore, my response was to to LoudounClear who wanted to bring Donald Trump into this discussion. Now, that is not relevant to the conversation.

DavisB

Voltair - there is nothing in this story about the relationship between the county and the field - all that was brought up by commenters trying to hijack this excellent offering - go ahead and write a letter to the editor if you want to discuss funding the field, etc. but leave all the tangential confusions out of this story

Voltaire

DavisB--I can add whatever items that I want to in this comment field and there is ZIP you can do about it. As to the "excellent offering", that is subjective at best.

DavisB

Votron - just because you can write does not mean you should. By now, we all know that your level of self righteous is way to high and your level of concern for your neighbor is way to low. There is such a thing as common courtesy and there are common, internet social-norms that, while in no way mandatory, still offer a more acceptable approach to online forums

In this case, you wrote "the subject is the use of the sports stadium to host a drive-in movie" when that is not the subject of the article, only the topic some wanted to include

Voltaire

DavisB--First, who gave you the moral authority to judge my values? The answer is NOBODY but don't let that stop you from pontificating and making unsubstantiated/baseless claims. How do you know what my "level of concern for my neighbor" is? You don't and NOBODY gave you the moral authority to do so. So, what is precisely the "acceptable level" is since you don't know and incorrectly claim that my level is too low? As for self-righteous, again, what is the acceptable level, DavisB, since you seem to act like the moral authority here? You need to get off your moral high horse and come back to the world of reality...

DavisB

Volt - settle down and get back on subject - I did not make the rules for consecrate online postings and I take it you are determined to do what you want - even here you are working awfully hard to change the subject -hush now

Voltaire

DavisB—First, regarding to your “hush now”, you don’t have the right/authority to tell me to do that as you are NOT my parents. Further, don’t you dare tell me what to do. Also, maybe you should learn some basic logic before writing these posts. I am not trying to change the subject. You are the one that has now done that. In your last posting, you stated the following: “Voltron - just because you can write does not mean you should. By now, we all know that your level of self righteous is way to high and your level of concern for your neighbor is way to low.” I have asked, in several different questions the following: (1) what are the definitions of “acceptable” self-righteous and level of concern for your neighbors? (You made a determination that my “levels” are either too low or too high, therefore what is the definition?); (2) Who gave you the moral authority to judge others? (That is what you are doing in a previous post). You have NOT answered these questions because you CANNOT answer them as you don’t have that authority to judge others. Not to hard to comprehend?

jbsets

Stay home and use the services you already pay for. Let the county use the tax dollars to pay for what they were intended: schools, first responders, road work, etc. I don't have kids but I pay for schools. I'm not complaining that my tax dollars pay for your kids' education...

LoudounClear

Boring....

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