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!
Graduation ceremonies are an important part of every senior’s journey. Not only is it a well-deserved celebration of their hard work during their time at high school or college, but it’s also a symbolic marker for the start of their journey into self-discovery in the worlds of higher education and “real life.” Unfortunately, the in-person graduation ceremony seniors have been looking forward to over the past four years is not able to happen this year.
Most schools have decided to host virtual graduations, asking students, faculty, and parents to join the ceremony via a live video conference or watch a pre-recorded video. This is a viable option but doesn’t quite offer the same level of pomp and circumstance.
Schools that want to raise the bar and create a ceremony worthy of the grads, while still maintaining a safe physical environment, have opted to host “drive-in” style graduation ceremonies. For these drive-in graduations, the students and families park in the school parking lot and remain in their cars while listening to the commencement speeches and grad names being announced via their smartphones or radios.
We’re working with a number of schools to help them host these drive-in graduation ceremonies, and would love to help out your school too. Our AudioFetch wireless audio streaming solutions allow you to broadcast audio to smartphones or tablets.
Listeners simply download and open the AudioFetch App from the app store, and then they can listen in real-time via their smartphone or any Bluetooth speaker. We have three different packages based on the total number of listeners–100, 150 or 250 listeners.
If you have questions about our technology or hosting a drive-in graduation, contact us today to discuss your event and which solution is right for you. We look forward to supporting schools and helping to give seniors the celebration they deserve this year!
Many of our church customers are hosting parking lot church services, allowing their members to continue coming together while maintaining a safe physical distance. These “drive-in” style services let their members maintain a sense of community and connection, without risking the health of themselves and their families. These socially-distant gatherings have been so popular over the past couple weeks, we wanted to share some ideas for other types of events and businesses that can benefit.
Drive-In Movies at Restaurants
Hosting a drive-in movie night is one way to drive business for restaurants that are only able to serve take-out at this time. The materials needed are minimal–a projector, a big screen (which could just be a white sheet!), and technology to broadcast the audio to cars. Customers get a break from being stuck in their houses all day, and restaurants get a boost in sales of take-out from the event.
Drive-In Graduations for Universities and High Schools
While daily classes have moved to the virtual world, there’s one final event on all seniors’ minds right now–graduation day. Rather than host this online or skip it altogether, universities and high schools could host the ceremony in the school parking lot. Grads and families can remain in their cars, and tune in to their radio to hear the commencement speech. Walking across the stage won’t be possible, of course, but the graduates can all honk when their names are called! Learn more about drive-in graduation ceremonies.
You’ve spent months, maybe even years, planning your big day, and the idea of postponing it is not only heartbreaking, it’s a logistical nightmare. You can still celebrate your love from a safe distance by hosting a drive-in wedding ceremony. Allow family and friends to listen to the vows while sitting in their cars (throwing birdseed in their cars is optional!). Learn more about drive-in wedding ceremonies.
Parking Lot Services at Funeral Homes
When a loved one passes, it’s important for everyone to have the opportunity to come together, celebrating and honoring their life. Those gatherings can still happen, just in a different way. Mourners can meet in the parking lot, seeing other family and friends and listening to the eulogy at a safe distance.
Drive-In Business Presentations
To maintain a semblance of community and connection for businesses forced to work from home, drive-in presentations may be a solution. A single speaker can present using a microphone, and employees can listen in via their smartphones or radio in their cars.
Drive-In Bingo at Retirement Communities
Those living in close-knit retirement communities are accustomed to attending potlucks, bingo nights, dances and numerous other activities planned on a daily basis. These neighborhoods can maintain a sense of connection without risking the health of their residents by hosting drive-in bingo nights. The caller can use a microphone to announce the numbers, while players remain safely in their cars.
Drive-In Dance Parties
Going out to a club is not permitted currently, but there are no restrictions on dancing in cars. Create a dance party in wheels by broadcasting music to attendees in their cars.
Drive-In Support Groups
If there was ever a time we could all use a little extra support, it’s now. But those people that rely on support groups for their personal health and wellness may not be getting the support they need. With drive-up support groups hosted in parking lots of churches or community centers, attendees can listen in for the encouragement, comfort, and relief they need to get them through this tough time.
Drive-In Storytime for Kids
Every parent is looking for new and entertaining ways to keep their kids occupied. Libraries, theaters or other community centers can provide interesting and educational storytime for kids. One person can read a story, while families listen in from the safety and comfort of their vehicles.
Drive-In Lectures or Educational Events
Museums, libraries, theaters and other community-oriented organizations have been forced to shut their doors, but their parking lots are sitting empty. Hosting a lecture or educational event in these deserted lots provides some much-needed entertainment and a feeling of connection for the community.
How Can Any Business Offer These Drive-In Audio Events?
With our partner company Broadcastvision Entertainment, we’re able to broadcast audio from any audio source to smartphones.
Our drive-in audio solutions allow you to broadcast audio to smartphones or tablets. Listeners simply download and open the AudioFetch App from the app store, and then they can listen in real-time via their smartphone or any Bluetooth speaker.
We’re currently offering three different drive-in audio packages based on the total number of listeners–100, 150 or 250 listeners. All of these packages include AudioFetch equipment, a wireless router, and ethernet and power cables. And they’re all on sale! Click the button below to learn more about these packages and place your order.
We also offer an FM Transmitter, which broadcasts a message to people listening to the radio while sitting in their cars (up to 300 feet in any direction). This has been a very popular item for drive-in audio.
If you have questions about our technology or hosting a drive-in style event in your parking lot, contact us today to discuss your event and which solution is right for you. We look forward to supporting other small businesses and organizations, helping to keep communities connected, and giving new life to beloved drive-in theaters!
Churches and houses of worship are making changes to how they deliver messages to congregations while practicing social distancing. Some churches are turning to online tools, virtual hangouts, and social media to spread the good word.
Other churches, however, have found an ingenious solution for still bringing their communities together in a single location, while maintaining a safe physical distance. The solution: They’re hosting parking lot services!
We’ve worked with thousands of churches since the start of this global pandemic to help them create parking lost services. And we want to help others bring this same “drive-in” style sermon to their members.
We are able to offer drive-in audio streaming through our products in two ways:
Option 1: Using an AudioFetch Solution to Broadcast to Smartphones
Our AudioFetch drive-in audio solutions allow you to broadcast audio to smartphones or tablets. Listeners simply download and open the AudioFetch App from the app store, and then they can listen in real-time via their smartphone or any Bluetooth speaker. Paired with a wireless router, our AudioFetch can support up to 250 listeners.
Here’s how the AudioFetch works:
Up to 250 listeners at one time
Have your members park in the parking lot and remain in their vehicles.
Send the audio over the WiFi from the router.
Plug the AudioFetch Express into your audio output.
The AudioFetch will broadcast your service to each member who has a smartphone or tablet.
The app is free on Google Play and iTunes.
They can now hear your message while keeping the proper distance.
BONUS: it can be used for hearing assistance and/or translation once service resumes indoors.
Option 2: Using an FM Transmitter to Broadcast to the Radio
With the FM Transmitter offered by our partner company Broadcastvision Entertainment, churches can broadcast a message to people listening to the radio while sitting in their cars.
Here’s how the FM Transmitter works:
Broadcast your service 300+ feet in all directions. Unlimited users.
Have your members park in the parking lot and remain in their vehicles.
Select an FM frequency that is currently not in use.
Plug the FM Transmitter into your audio output.
The FM Transmitter will broadcast the sermon to each members’ car radio.
Your members only need to tune into the FM station you selected.
They can now hear your message while keeping the proper distance.
Place a sandwich board or other signage throughout the parking lot to direct listeners to the right station.
For further instruction on how to use the FM Transmitter, click the button below to download the manual.
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.