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  • Dreamland Drive-In

    DREAMLAND RECEIVES 2021 APPROVAL TO OPERATE DRIVE-IN AT TOWN’S NOBADEER FARM ROAD PROPERTY, SCREENINGS TO BEGIN MEMORIAL WEEKEND The Dreamland’s staff and Board of Directors are pleased to announce the Nantucket Select Board has approved the 2021 season of the Dreamland Drive-In. Tickets for the months of June and July will go on sale to the public via The Dreamland’s website Monday, May 17 at noon, EST.

    Beginning with Steven Spielberg’s classic adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel JAWS on Wednesday, May 26, this season at the Drive-In will expand upon the success of its sold-out 2020 inaugural season. JAWS was the first title played at the new Dreamland in 2012 and was the inaugural feature at the Drive-In last year.

    After receiving unprecedented support from the Nantucket community to build the drive-in at the Town’s 7 Nobadeer Farm Road athletics facility, The Dreamland sold every single available ticket between its opening day July 1st, through Labor Day. This year, The Dreamland will repeat the seven days a week schedule in July and August, with screenings Wednesday through Saturday in June, after Labor Day and much of October. Per agreement with the Town of Nantucket, the Drive-In will wrap up its second season just after Columbus Day.

    “We are so grateful to all our patrons and donors, the Nantucket Select Board and our partners at the Town of Nantucket,” said Dreamland Executive Director Alicia Carney. “This Drive-In would not have been possible without the significant efforts and contributions of so many in our community. We hope to build on these partnerships and successes of 2020 and make this year’s experience even better than last.”

    The spring 2020 online Go Fund Me campaign raised more than $180,000 from over 500 donors. These funds went toward the purchasing of equipment and building the needed facilities. A significant portion of the funds raised (approximately $70,000) were used to purchase a Christie CP2220 DCP capable projector, which allows The Dreamland a great deal of flexibility in the titles it shows at the site. Additionally, a well-constructed and hurricane-reinforced wooden screen cost more than $60,000 to build. The remainder of the donated funds went toward the season-long rental of portable bathrooms, construction of the projection booth and other related start-up costs.

    In 2020, the Drive-In operated with a 39 car capacity due to COVID-19 related restrictions and regulations, but the 2021 season has been approved for up to 60 vehicles, though Dreamland staff expect to begin at a lower level to ensure adequate distancing, etc. In addition, the State of Massachusetts’ COVID-19 regulations pertaining to drive-ins has been rescinded, once again allowing patrons to sit outside their vehicles (within their purchased spaces) during films.

    Tickets to attend the Dreamland Drive-In will be $40 per vehicle/$35 for Dreamland members. Patrons are asked to limit the number of persons to the legal capacity (number of seat belts) of the ticketed vehicle. All tickets must be purchased on The Dreamland’s website, www.nantucketdreamland.org. For all sold out screenings, The Dreamland will continue the practice of offering a rush line 15 minutes prior to the start of each film.

    For the summer season, weather permitting, gates will open to patrons at 8pm with all films beginning at approximately 8:30pm. Dreamland staff will direct patrons to specific spaces based on their arrival times and type of vehicle.

    Using radio transmission technology, the Drive-In utilizes no amplified sound, but rather patrons’ car radios and small transistor radios, which The Dreamland offers for sale at every screening.

    Currently, there are no plans to incorporate food trucks on the site, but The Dreamland does plan to significantly expand concession offerings in the opening weeks of operation. More details will be released as they become available.

    In observance of local COVID-19 protocols, all visitors to the Dreamland Drive-In are asked to maintain appropriate social distancing from those not in your party, and to utilize masks when visiting the concessions stand or restrooms. The public’s help is appreciated as The Dreamland seeks to keep our patrons safe this summer.

    Due to major studio and distributor restrictions related to first run (new) films, the Dreamland Drive-In will largely offer well-known, classic films perfect to enjoy in the outdoors with your friends and family. The Dreamland’s indoor facility at 17 South Water Street in downtown Nantucket will continue to offer most first run offerings from Hollywood in both the Main and Studio theaters, along with a wide variety of independent films, exciting live (socially distanced) public events, family theater with the Dreamland Stage Company, as well as private rentals and events.

    In the event of severe weather, screenings will be cancelled, and tickets refunded; otherwise, the Dreamland Drive-In will proceed rain or shine.

    The Full June and July 2021 schedule:

    Wednesday, May 26: JAWS
    Thursday, May 27: TWISTER
    Friday, May 28: THE BREAKFAST CLUB
    Saturday, May 29: NCTV Presents: LUNAFEST

    Wednesday, June 2: STAND BY ME
    Thursday, June 3: JAWS
    Friday, June 4: FAMILY VACATION
    Saturday, June 5: ONE CRAZY SUMMER
    Wednesday, June 9: E.T.
    Thursday, June 10: CADDYSHACK
    Friday, June 11: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
    Saturday, June 12: THE HANGOVER
    Wednesday, June 16: TWISTER
    Thursday, June 17: NFF
    Friday, June 18: NFF
    Saturday, June 19: NFF
    Wednesday, June 23: ONE CRAZY SUMMER
    Thursday, June 24: NFF
    Friday, June 25: NFF
    Saturday, June 26: NFF
    Sunday, June 27: NFF
    Wednesday, June 30: THE LEGO MOVIE

    Thursday, July 1: FIELD OF DREAMS
    Friday, July 2: PINK FLOYD: THE WALL
    Saturday, July 3: JAWS
    Sunday, July 4: THE SHINING
    Monday, July 5: THE GOONIES
    Tuesday, July 6: MAMA MIA
    Wednesday, July 7: CADDYSHACK
    Thursday, July 8: REAR WINDOW
    Friday, July 9: JOHN SHEA'S GREY LADY
    Saturday, July 10: No Movie
    Sunday, July 11: BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S
    Monday, July 12: E.T.
    Tuesday, July 13: PSYCHO
    Wednesday, July 14: DIRTY DANCING
    Thursday, July 15: JAWS
    Friday, July 16: BACK TO THE FUTURE I
    Saturday, July 17: THE SHINING
    Sunday, July 18: GREASE
    Monday, July 19: TROLLS: WORLD TOUR
    Tuesday, July 20: ANCHORMAN
    Wednesday, July 21: THE PERFECT STORM
    Thursday, July 22: TWISTER
    Friday, July 23: BACK TO THE FUTURE II
    Saturday, July 24: ONE CRAZY SUMMER
    Sunday, July 25: JAWS
    Monday, July 26: SHREK (2001)
    Tuesday, July 27: THE BAND: THE LAST WALTZ
    Wednesday, July 28: THE BIRDS
    Thursday, July 29: WONDER WOMAN (2017)
    Friday, July 30: CADDYSHACK
    Saturday, July 31: THE GOONIES

    A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Dreamland builds community on Nantucket year-round by bringing people together to share experiences through art, culture, film, and learning. For more information about becoming a member of the Dreamland, or to learn more, visit us at www.nantucketdreamland.org


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