From theaters and churches to zoos and botanic gardens, all types of businesses and organizations are hosting drive-in events this year. Drive-ins are a fun way to bring communities together and provide entertainment while maintaining safe social distancing.
If you’re thinking of hosting a drive-in or drive-thru event for the holidays, we can help with your audio sound system. Our technology allows you to broadcast audio to your guests in one of two ways:
Broadcast to Smartphones
Our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming solutions allow you to broadcast audio to smartphones or tablets. Listeners simply download the AudioFetch App, and then they can hear in real-time via their smartphone or Bluetooth speaker.
The FM Transmitter broadcasts to people listening to the radio while sitting in their cars. Listeners simply tune in to the FM station you select, and they can hear the program immediately. Our FM Transmitter is Part 15 FCC certified.
As many regions are relaxing stay-at-home guidelines, and businesses and organizations around the world are beginning to reopen, people are eager to resume their pre-quarantine activities. Yet, coronavirus cases are on the rise again, and many groups are wary of jumping in too quickly, putting the community at greater risk and extending the pandemic.
We talk with numerous businesses and organizations around the world each day, and have found varying levels of confidence in reopening. But there’s one group that, across the board, we’ve found is more skeptical of going back to “normal”–houses of worship. There are several reasons for their apprehension.
No One Knows When It WIll Be Safe
While the CDC has provided specific considerations for faith-based organizations, they’re not crystal clear guidelines. These instructions are left to the discretion of local and state authorities, and quite frankly, it’s all over the place and frequently changing.
Our only hope for certainty of safety is a vaccine. And while early trials have been positive, there’s no real fixed timeline. And again, reports are all over the place and frequently changing.
With so many mixed reports and uncertainty, and with the health and safety of their community on the line, houses of worship are playing it safe and continuing to host drive-in services.
Safety and Community are Imperative
A primary goal of any house of worship is to create a warm and caring fellowship for members.
Playing it safe and taking the right precautions to protect members is the right thing to do until we have a better handle on this pandemic.
Even if a church decides to hold services indoors, there are still some members that should not be exposing themselves to such risks. Seniors, people with pre-existing medical conditions, immunosuppressed–these church members can feel left out or even shunned if they’re unable to attend services with their family and peers. For these individuals, offering an outdoor option along with indoor services can provide safer and more inclusive environments that are necessary in our current state.
This tool allows you to calculate your risk of contracting coronavirus based on age and various medical conditions. And the results are alarming. Sure, a person under 40 with no medical conditions is at very low risk–less than 1% age-specific fatality and comorbidity rate. But start upping that age range, and tacking on pre-existing conditions, and the rates begin to soar.
For all of these reasons, we believe that drive-in church services are here to stay for the foreseeable future. And why not? Providing outdoor drive in services exclusively or concurrent with indoor services just makes sense to protect the most vulnerable of the flock.
Drive-ins are the hot trend this summer thanks to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing restrictions. And while the drive-in concept is certainly nothing new, we’re seeing people and organizations get creative with their use of wireless audio streaming technology to provide safer entertainment options, bring communities together and support national and local talent.
Following are five creative uses of the drive-in concept for non-film entertainment:
Drive-in Comedy Shows
While gathering indoors in large groups may be forbidden, there are no restrictions on laughter. Let’s face it, we could also use some chuckles right now (even if only to cover up the tears!).
So we’re encouraged to see comedians and comedy organizations pushing on with drive-in comedy shows. North Miami Beach transformed their parking lot into a comedy club last weekend for “The Big Screen Comedy Drive-In Show,” featuring local hilarious acts such as El Caballo, Cisco Duran and Gene Harding.
More well-known comedians are getting in on the drive-in trend, too. The ever-outrageous and -uproarious Burt Kreischer held six drive-in comedy shows earlier this summer, which were so successful, he’s preparing to launch a second leg of the tour. And when we say successful, we mean successful. Those six shows alone grossed more than $400K with nearly 8,000 in attendance!
Drive-in Drag Shows
After a no-doubt rough week of working from home, you can now see your favorite drag queens werking from a parking lot!
RuPaul’s Drag Race is hosting “Drive-N-Drag” shows in parking lots across the US. The opening show of the tour was held at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey in mid-July. Other Drive-In Drag shows will be held in LA, Chicago, Seattle and DC/Baltimore.
Drive-In Sports Viewing
Sports teams haven’t taken to the drive-in concept as quickly as other industries, but a few industrious teams are finally getting on board. Like the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team. Fans can drive-in viewing parties in the team’s Schaumburg Boomers Stadium parking lot.
We hope to see more sports teams following suit with drive-in audio events in the coming weeks. (We’re looking at you Nittany Lions! Sincerely, the PSU alums at AudioFetch!).
Drive-In Music Festivals
After every music tour and festival was cancelled earlier this year, we were ready to sit this summer out. Because we all know you can’t have summer without music festivals! Thankfully, some inventive and resilient folks are carrying the tune with drive-in music festivals.
These festivals are playing out big and small across the globe, catering to just about every music genre and taste you can imagine.
On the big scale, there’s the hip hop and R&B focused “Drive-In Fest” at Soldier Field featuring Lloyd, Do or Die and Bobby V.
On the small scale, there are countless drive-in music festivals and concerts happening at local venues around the world. Check your local events calendars or search for something like “drive-in music near me” to find great options like these in Michigan, Sacramento or Denver.
It should probably come as no surprise that Germany pioneered the concept of the Drive-In Disco. The first large events were hosted by Club Index, a family-run nightclub in the small German town Schüttorf, throughout May. Since then, Drive-In Discos, Drive-In Dance Parties, and Drive-In Raves have been popping up in the parking lots of nightclubs and stadiums around the globe.
If you’re interested in hosting any type of drive-in event, we can help with your audio sound system! If you’d like to broadcast audio to car radios, we’ve got you covered with our FM Transmitter.
We’ve been heartened and excited by all of the new drive-in movie concepts we’ve seen over the past few months. In these challenging and unprecedented times, it’s inspiring to see so many organizations and businesses getting creative to bring communities together in a responsible way and provide some much-needed entertainment.
The following are five businesses big and small getting in on the drive-in movie theater concept, including a few customers using AudioFetch’s drive-in audio solutions.
Tribeca Enterprises Beach Drive-Ins
The organization behind New York’s famed Tribeca Film Festival has launched a pop-up theater every weekend throughout the summer. What makes this drive-in theater so different? It’s happening on the beach! They’re bringing the popup drive-ins to beaches across the country. Learn more about the Tribeca Enterprises pop-up beach drive-in theater and check to see if they’re coming to a beach near you.
Gypsy Films Popup Drive-Ins
Gypsy Films is bringing popup drive-in movies to the Mohawk Valley region of New York with the help of AudioFetch technology. The drive-in movie nights are hosted at different locations–some are at an actual drive-in theater, yet others are hosted at local restaurants and other businesses, helping to support the community by driving awareness and sales. Learn more about Gypsy Films drive-ins and check for upcoming events if you’re in the Mohawk Valley area.
SeaWorld Orlando Flicks and Fireworks
SeaWorld Orlando got into the drive-in movie game with their Flicks & Fireworks event this past weekend. Each night over the weekend they brought in a few local food trucks, launched fireworks at 9 pm and showed a movie after that.
Loe Studios Open Air Cinema
Loe Studios in Marl, Germany has launched an Open Air Cinema using AudioFetch. Since late June, they’ve been running the drive-in events nearly every night of the week, playing a mix of cult classics, family favorites and big blockbusters. Check out their Facebook page for more info.
Vanderwende Farm Creamery
We love seeing local businesses get innovative with how they’re engaging their communities and trying to generate business during these unpredictable times. Vanderwende Farm Creamery is one such innovative business. A family-owned farm in Bridgeville, Delaware, Vanderwende began hosting drive-ins using AudioFetch’s audio over WiFi solutions to create a fun and responsible event for their community, and another excuse for everyone to enjoy more ice cream. (Although I think we can all agree, we don’t need an excuse!)
If you’re interested in hosting a drive-in movie theater, we can help with your audio. Whether you’re hosting in an established drive-in theater, a parking lot beside your building, or even a beach, our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming products are a simple and affordable solution. Contact us today!
AudioFetch, headquartered in Colorado, USA, is the proud creation of Broadcastvision Entertainment and Waio Inc – industry leaders in wireless audio for over 15 years. Having served thousands of customers ranging from large fitness facilities to mom-and-pop restaurants to national sports bar chains, we saw an opportunity to build a platform that would empower anyone with a smartphone to hear what they were watching in real-time, no matter the location.