Montrealers are already used to sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic, so attending live shows, concerts, and movies from our cars will be a welcomed addition.
It definitely beats staring at the lead car’s brake lights.
Two of Montreal’s event industry organizers have combined forces to bring an ideal post-COVID venue for events, cinema, corporate outings, and ceremonies.
Put together by C3 and Total Events, the Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre will open on Sunday, June 21 (the first day of summer) to bring guests a variety of activities while respecting physical distancing guidelines.
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The Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre is located off of Décarie and Highway 40, at the side of the new Royalmount project. According to the press release, the venue will be “a fully convertible drive-in venue capable of hosting movie nights, live bands, comedy shows, specialty screenings, graduations, televised or streamed live sporting events, corporate presentations and events, product launches and other public gatherings,” all of which have been on hold since mid-March.
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The plan has been approved by both the provincial and local governments and allows guests to exit their vehicles and “tailgate” in a predetermined safe zone in front of their own vehicle.
“The transformation of the site attests to Montreal’s place as a world leader and hub of innovation and creation as this event space is the first of its kind in Canada,” says the venue organizers. “Access to events at the Royalmount Drive-In Theatre will finally give Montrealers a chance to offer themselves an hour or two of respite from the mental and physical fatigue of living with the daily threat of the coronavirus. And, most importantly, the experience will keep all guests safe.”
The Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre will include the following:
- Window service for concessions, eliminating the need for guests to leave their vehicles
- Individual bathrooms with their own wash stations with a team on site to disinfect facilities after each use
- Premium audio will be broadcast to each car through their own sound system
- The site includes a 30 foot-wide stage, complete with sound and lights and a giant LED screen
- The site accommodates 250 cars per event
- Security will be on site to direct guests into and out of the site and to manage movement within the event space
- The Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre will be available for rent to show promoters, private groups, charitable organizations, schools, and other collectives, with favourable rates offered to charitable and local school graduations
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“Everyone has been searching for solutions to safely gather more than 10 people for live entertainment, celebrations, corporate events and a way to get out of the house and do something different,” says Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre co-creators Adam Bultz and Lorne Levitt. “We’re really excited to be able to finally offer Montrealers their first chance to get out of their homes and do something together but apart. And, while keeping everyone safe and respecting physical distancing rules.”
Organizers told Daily Hive that the Royalmount Drive-In Event Theatre is a separate project from TMR’s Royalmount development.
The venue’s full programming has yet to be announced, but we’ll surely update you as new details trickle through.
An artist’s rendering of the venue will be available later this week.