PHILADELPHIA – Philadelphia Parks & Recreation today announced that The Philly Drive-In, presented by T-Mobile, will extend its run through Halloween to meet high demand. The free drive-in movie series takes place in the parking lot in front of the Mann Center for the Performing Arts in West Fairmount Park and launched this year to offer residents a fun, socially-distant park activity.
The Philly Drive-in is presented by T-Mobile with support from the Mann Center for the Performing Arts, Live Nation Urban, Live Nation Philadelphia and Welcome America. The popular series will now run through Friday, Oct. 30, screening a variety of classic Halloween films every Wednesday and Friday evening in October. Keeping with the Halloween theme, T-Mobile will provide free gummy candies to movie-goers attending an October screening.
“The Philly Drive-in is proving to be wildly popular with Philadelphia families,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commissioner. “We are so excited to partner with T-Mobile to extend the series so more folks can enjoy a free night out this fall. In the face of COVID-19, Parks & Rec staff and partners have gotten creative, finding new ways to serve families and provide safe activities for Philadelphians. The Philly Drive-In’s extension through Oct. 30 is a safe, fun, family-friendly way to enjoy a free movie under the stars in our park.”
Originally scheduled as a 6-week series ending on Sept. 25, The Philly Drive-In will extend an additional four weeks, offering Wednesday and Friday screenings through Halloween weekend, with double features on three Friday nights.
The Philly Drive-In October Lineup
Hotel Transylvania (PG)
Wednesday, Sept. 30
Friday, Oct. 2
Get Out (R)
Friday, Oct. 2 (late screening)
Edwards Scissorhands (PG-13)
Wednesday, Oct. 7
Friday, Oct. 9
Hocus Pocus (PG)
Wednesday, Oct. 14
Friday, Oct. 16
Rocky Horror Picture Show (R)
Friday, Oct. 16 (late screening)
Ghostbusters (1984, PG)
Wednesday, Oct. 21
Friday, Oct. 23
Wednesday, Oct. 28
Friday, Oct. 30
Halloween II (1981, R)
Friday, Oct. 30 (late screening)
In the event of inclement weather, the rain date will be the following day. Please note, each week the same film will be screened twice. Friday screenings on Oct. 2, 16, and 30 will feature a second film. Patrons planning to attend a Friday double feature are required to reserve a ticket for each screening prior to arriving.
All patrons to each screening will receive free gummy candy treats compliments of T-Mobile. Treats will be handed out upon vehicle entry and while supplies last.
To adhere to local public health guidance and help ensure proper social distancing, only patrons in vehicles will have access to the screening area and tickets are required for entry.
For the Wednesday and Friday screenings, doors open at 5:30pm and movie starts at 7:00pm.
Starting at 5:30PM, guests can listen to a “Monster Mash” pre screening playlist brought to you by Q102.
For the second film on the (3) Fridays, doors open at 9:00pm and movie starts at 10:00pm.
Free tickets are now available online for the early October screening dates. Tickets will be released for Oct. 14 – Oct. 30 screenings one week prior to the event.
Public Health and Safety
In order to ensure a safe experience for all patrons, The Philly Drive-In will employ safety measures in accordance with guidance from the Department of Public Health. Additional information, including an FAQ, can be found on the event website.
Patrons must stay in their vehicles for the duration of the screenings. They may exit their vehicles only to use the restroom and to purchase refreshments.
Masks and social distancing are required when patrons are outside their vehicle.
Social distancing ambassadors will offer light-touch rule reminders in the parking, food service and restrooms areas.
Local food trucks will offer pay as you go (not free) food and beverages following public health guidelines.
Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks.
Patrons will be encouraged to use a mobile device to do QR code contactless scanning through their vehicle window for entry.
Ticket holders will receive detailed safety procedures in advance of the screening and upon entrance into the drive-in area.
For more information on other opportunities to safely enjoy our parks, visit the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation website.
About Philadelphia Parks & Recreation
Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) advances the prosperity of the city and the progress of her people through intentional and sustained stewardship of nearly 10,200 acres of public land and waterways as well as through hundreds of safe, stimulating recreation, environmental and cultural centers. PPR promotes the well-being and growth of the city’s residents by connecting them to the natural world around them, to each other and to fun, physical and social opportunities. PPR is responsible for the upkeep of historically significant Philadelphia events and specialty venues, and works collaboratively with communities and organizations in leading capital projects and the introduction of inventive programming. To learn more about Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, visit www.phila.gov/parksandrec, and follow @philaparkandrec on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About the Mann
As one of the foremost outdoor music centers in the country, the Mann, a leading non-profit organization, has a historical legacy of artistic excellence as a world-class entertainment destination presenting premier artists in association with Live Nation. Each summer season, renowned symphony orchestras, iconic rock stars and the latest touring artists in indie rock, hip hop, R&B and pop take the stage here. The Mann is the summer home of The Philadelphia Orchestra and has presented critically acclaimed performers in every decade since the 1930s. Located in the heart of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park, the Mann hosts more than 200,000 visitors annually. Signature concert experiences are surrounded by Philadelphia’s stunning skyline and include seats beneath the Mann’s acoustically acclaimed TD Pavilion at the Mann; picnics, blankets and music under the stars on its great lawn; and dining in Crescendo, the venue’s spectacular tented restaurant. For more information, visit www.manncenter.org.