New Tech Allows Park City Film to Start Second Drive-in Series – Before Dark

Jul 28, 2020

The parking lot of the Utah Olympic Park is set to become the second venue for Park City Film's drive-in screenings this summer.
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Park City Film’s annual summer drive-in screening series held in Prospector has already sold out, but the nonprofit is offering another summer drive-in movie series at the Utah Olympic Park. Executive Director Katy Wang says the organization has partnered with local events company Dragonfly Media Technologies to bring in updated technology that allows films to start before the sun goes down – a first for Park City Film. 


“Normally, we’re watching the sun go down and hoping that it goes down faster than it actually does,” Wang said. “But now we’ll be able to show films at 7 o'clock, then again at 9 or 9:30, depending on what you're talking about.”


The series of screenings kicks off with a showing of Teton Gravity Research's mountain bike adventure "Accomplice" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 30.


They’ll have two screenings per night with films they think will appeal to a broad range of audiences, like Hulu's sci-fi-rom-com “Palm Springs,” and the Coen Brothers’ cult classic “The Big Lebowski,” both of which premiered to acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival.


They’ll allow every other parking slot to be filled with a car so social distancing can be maintained. Patrons can be outside of their cars with a mask on. And there will also be some reserved areas for people who want to ride their bikes to the venue. They’ll allocate space in the front to smaller vehicles. The lot will open at 6 p.m.


“What’s nice about UOP, you’ve got that long road going up there so we can queue cars up, check everyone in,” Wang said. “Print your tickets and show it to us so it's contactless.”


The cost is $30 per car and a bike spot to accommodate four people is is $48. Free tickets are also available for healthcare workers and others.


“We’re working with Intermountain health and the People’s Health Clinic to extend tickets to the people that work there,” Wang said. “And then, we’re opening to the public and invite service industry workers and other frontline employees to enter to win a ticket by posting a photo of themselves at work on social media and tag Park City Film and then we’ll pick 40 lucky winners and they can come see a movie of their choice.”


Viewers will need an FM radio in their car or on their person to receive the films’ audio. Concessions are available and can be ordered up to 48 hours in advance online as well.


“We are really hoping that people will come in and support our local vendors, Cuisine Unlimited, Hearth and Hill, Done to Your Taste and Culinary Crafts,” she said. “They’re alternating nights. So if you go to our website or the Utah Olympic Park website they have a list of all the vendors and then they have menus.”


To purchase tickets and for more information, visit Park City Film and the Utah Olympic Park online.