Tribeca bringing ‘Drive-In’ series to Arlington’s AT&T Stadium

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Tribeca is coming to Arlington.

Tribeca Enterprises, in partnership with IMAX and AT&T, on June 22 announced the initial schedule for the “Tribeca Drive-In” series, which will feature a slate of over 30 iconic films, comedy acts, and other entertainment options.

Events will be hosted at drive-in theaters and exclusive venues in Los Angeles; New York; Arlington,Miami; and Seattle, among other cities. The limited-engagement series will provide families with a safe, comfortable entertainment experience that captivates audiences of all ages, as the nation takes steps to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns.

Drive-ins are a signature program for Tribeca; they have been a part of festival programming since the beginning 20 years ago, and Tribeca is now expanding this program nationwide. The series will take place each weekend (Thursday through Sunday) throughout the summer, beginning on July 2, 2020 and running through August 2, 2020. Participating venues include AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena,Nickerson Beach in Nassau County, and Orchard Beach in the Bronx, among others to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Beginning today, audiences can purchase tickets at with a percentage of proceeds donated to Black Lives Matter. In appreciation for the workers who have risked their lives serving on the frontlines for their communities amid COVID-19, Tribeca Enterprises, IMAX, AT&T, and their pop-up venue partners will offer complimentary access and reserved parking to essential workers the first night at every venue. 

Tribeca has also teamed up with the National Football League to help secure NFL team-hosted events and stadium venues, as well as to provide exclusive content. Participating NFL venues include Dallas, Miami and Seattle. Additional information on these NFL-hosted events, including ticket purchasing details and on-sale dates, will be announced at a later time by each respective team.

“At Tribeca’s core, we aim to bring people together through the arts to send a signal of unity and resiliency to the world during challenging times,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder and CEO Jane Rosenthal. “As an immediate and safe solution, we’re excited to bring new and classic works from filmmakers, creators, and artists to communities across the country through the Tribeca Drive-In series. As the nation begins to emerge from months of quarantine, we look forward to movie theaters reopening and hope that the Drive-In serves as a reminder of the magic of the moviegoing experience.”

“The Tribeca Drive-In series is a tribute to movies and the shared experience of watching them, even if from our cars. In anticipation of theaters reopening imminently, we look back at what we love about the big screen experience,” said Tribeca Enterprises and Tribeca Film Festival Co-Founder Robert De Niro.

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“We’re always looking to create new experiences for our fans and are excited about this unique collaboration with Tribeca and IMAX,” said the NFL’s Blake Stuchin, Vice President, Digital Media Business Development. “Watching great NFL content and classic movies in NFL stadiums on big screens in a safe, socially distant way will be a thrill for all in attendance.”

The Tribeca Drive-In series will encompass a variety of engaging and thoughtful themes in tribute to modern classics and all-time audience favorites, such as: Music Movies with SelenaThe Bodyguard, and Straight Outta Compton, Sports Sundays with Creed, Jerry MaguireSpace Jam, and Love & Basketball, Time Travel Comedies with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and Back to the Future, High School Comedies with Mean Girls and Superbad, Ladies’ Night with Girls Trip and Bridesmaids, Hit the Road with Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and The Fast and The Furious, James Bond tribute with Goldfinger and Casino Royale, and Kids’ Night with Inside OutThe Lego Movie and Spy Kids. There will also be a 4th of July Celebration featuring Field of DreamsThe Wizard of Oz, and a special 25th Anniversary screening of Apollo 13

Other programming highlights include: the 2020 Sundance Film Festival breakout hit Palm Springs, which will screen at the Drive-In series prior to its July 10th release, a special 45th Anniversary screening of Steven Spielberg’s JawsSpike Lee’s Do The Right Thing and Inside Man, and audience favorites like The Dark KnightBeetleJuicePee-Wee’s Big AdventureMeet the Parents, Meet the FockersCrazy Rich AsiansWonder WomanThe Goonies, and Black Panther, as well as two shorts, Gloves Off and Tangled Roots, from this year’s Queen Collective, a program created by Procter & Gamble, Tribeca Studios and Queen Latifah to drive equality and inclusion representation in front of and behind the camera for multicultural directors.

In addition to the films, the series will feature some surprise elements including special filmmaker and talent introductions, live stand-up comedy, new teasers of upcoming film releases and more. 

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Through working directly with city and state officials, city parks departments, and the United Drive-In Theater Owners Association, and by engaging vendors and restaurants across the country, the Tribeca Drive-In series is truly a community effort that will help support local businesses in communities nationwide. 

AT&T is an official sponsor for the Tribeca Drive-In series, along with IMAX, as the lead technology partner. AT&T will be providing safe and contactless fun onsite, ranging from photo opportunities and film-inspired trivia to exciting giveaways. IMAX will be utilizing its exclusive Digital Re-Mastering (IMAX DMR®) process to enhance the image and sound of all Tribeca Drive-In presentations, will provide technological support and equipment to optimize its venues and screens, and will collaborate with Tribeca Enterprises to curate the program, drawing from its rich library of IMAX content.

Tribeca Enterprises is a diversified global media company based in New York City. Established in 2003 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal and Craig Hatkoff, the company currently operates a network of branded entertainment businesses including the Tribeca Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival International, Tribeca Cinemas and Tribeca Film, a distribution initiative. The name, Tribeca, originally spelled TriBeCa, stands for “Triangle Below Canal” Street in New York. It was coined by city planners in the 1960s. Originally farmland, Tribeca was commercialized in the 1850s with warehouses and factories for produce, textiles, and dry goods. It has recently been the epicenter of hipness with lofts and restaurants transforming formerly industrial buildings into an urban playground.

The Tribeca Drive-In’s 2020 Partners: Allstate, AT&T, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN Films, HBO Max, Heineken 0.0, iHeart Media, P&G, and PEOPLE.

For additional programming details, the initial programming schedule, and ticketing information, please visit: #TribecaDriveIn

Most indoor theaters have been closed across the country since mid-March because of the pandemic and many are gearing up to open by mid-July. It’s made the drive-in freshly relevant, given some indie films a chance to break through the noise and even provided a unique space for a movie premiere. Other forms of mass entertainment have been jumping on the drive-in bandwagon too: Live Nation on Monday announced its first-ever drive-in concerts series in the U.S. for July. -Associated Press contributed to this report.