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The Pike Drive-In Theatre prepares for upcoming season

The Pike Drive-In Theatre prepares for upcoming season

MONTGOMERY– The 67-year-old beloved Pike Drive-In Theatre, 5798 Route 15, will reopen for business, with COVID-19 guidelines firmly in place, beginning this Friday.

Movie-viewers attending the Pike Drive-In Theatre should anticipate the payment method to also be affected by those guidelines.

“Cash will not be accepted,” said Joe McDade, proprietor since purchasing the business in 2006. “In other words, if customers don’t have a smart phone, don’t bother coming.”

The only acceptable form of payment for admittance and concessions will be by using an app to purchase tickets and concessions online. Once tickets or food is purchased, the customer will receive a QR code which will be scanned upon arrival at the box office or refreshment stand, eliminating the need to pull out wallets and change purses.

In addition to continue practicing social distancing, a minimum distance of 10 feet has been established by the CDC, McDade said.

Masks are required when customers are at the box office, when retrieving food from the concession stand or using the restrooms.

“Once the vehicle is parked, that 10-foot minimum is their space. No masks are necessary,” he said.

A week before opening day, McDade was busily uninstalling boards from windows while two of his eight employees were on site preparing the main building for use. Windows are boarded after the drive-in season ends, typically after Halloween.

The Pike Drive-In Theatre opened in 1953 during the “golden age” of the drive-in. Its first showing on April 17 was “Son of Paleface,” starring Bob Hope and Jane Russell. Children under 12 years old received free admission while adults paid 60 cents per entry.

Built as a single-screen theatre, it expanded to a three-screen venture in the 1990s. It is the solitary open drive-in theatre in Lycoming County — one which McDade remains hopeful in keeping open.

For more information about the Pike, visit www.pikedi.com or their Facebook page.

What’s playing at the Pike?

8:30 p.m. Friday, May 15

8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 16

“Trolls” (PG), Screen One

“Onward” (PG), Screen Two

The box office opens at 7:40 p.m.

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