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Bringing Back the Drive-in

Expo Center hosts August movie series

8/4/2015, 11:41 a.m.
The Portland Expo Center is pairing two of America’s great passions this summer – the automobile and the silver screen.
The classic ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still,’ kicks off a two weekend series of drive-in movies at the Portland Expo Center.

The Portland Expo Center is pairing two of America’s great passions this summer – the automobile and the silver screen.

If you grew up going to drive-in movies, you know what a treat it is to travel with your family or date to see a movie in your car. Many think those days are long since gone, but worry not! The Portland Expo Center is creating an authentic drive-in movie experience for two weekends this month.

The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular! is an all-ages event that allows families and friends to enjoy watching clear digital projection from inside the comfort of their own car or outside in lawn chairs. In place of the rustic speaker box, sound will be accessible via car radio through a special FM frequency, in addition to outdoor speakers for bicyclists and pedestrians.

The movie series kicks off Thursday, Aug. 13 with “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” followed by “Ghostbusters” on Friday, Aug. 14; “American Graffiti” on Saturday, Aug. 15; “Young Frankenstein” on Thursday, Aug. 20; “Poltergeist” on Friday, Aug. 21; and “Star Trek II – Wrath of Khan” on Saturday, Aug. 22.

Presale tickets are available online and are $10 (plus service charge) for carloads up to six people. Tickets day-of event are $15 per carload. Those walking, riding their bicycles or taking MAX, the entry fee is $5 per person.