With cinemas shut down or operating with reduced capacity during the coronavirus pandemic, Sony Pictures plans to host socially distant drive-in screenings of classic titles like Ghostbusters and The Karate Kid on its studio lot in Culver City.
The makeshift drive-in — a throwback to an earlier Hollywood movie industry — will be erected at the Thalberg parking lot on the historic studio lot, and will start showcasing library titles on Aug. 14.
And foregoing a planned theatrical release, the Tristar Pictures/Stage 6 Films’ romantic comedy The Broken Hearts Gallery, executive produced by Selena Gomez, will also get drive-in treatment on the studio lot.
Sony bought The Broken Hearts Gallery for less than $10 million after the pandemic had begun and had planned to release it theatrically on Aug. 7.
Sony Pictures’ drive-in movies will screen on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights and the outdoor theater will host around 75 cars. The price of admission will be $30 per car, and tickets will be bought via Atom Tickets.
Other Sony Pictures titles to screen outdoors on the studio lot include Baby Driver, Jumanji: The Next Level, Don’t Breathe, Bloodshot and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.