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An image announcing the new Minturn attraction as shared on the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In Facebook page.EXPAND
An image announcing the new Minturn attraction as shared on the Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In Facebook page.

Austin's Blue Starlite to Open the "Highest Drive-In in the U.S." in Minturn

Drive-ins are supposed to be a thing of the past.

But not according to the folks at Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In, a hipster attraction that got its start in Austin, Texas, before branching out to Miami.

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And now, Blue Starlite is coming to Minturn, in the Vail Valley — and the results will be what the company touts as "the highest drive-in in the United States."

The official announcement was shared via an April 20 tweet — and the choice of date wasn't coincidental:

The Colorado page on Blue Starlite's website adds more details, including images like this one....

...and the following description:

The Blue Starlite is THE HIGH ROCKIES one and only Drive-In Movie theater and the world's first Mini Urban Drive-in — A POP UP BOUTIQUE DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATER FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF OUTDOOR MOVIE LOVERS!.

That's right, We are the guys and gals that jump started the NEW DRIVE-IN RESURGENCE that is currently sweeping the nation!? We only take 30-50 cars a night so YOU get all the attention you deserve on your night out with us. The most intimate, personal, one of a kind Drive-in experience in the world!

We concentrate on childhood favorites, drive-in classics, indie films, art house, Cult, and Gen X/Y pop culture faves . A new drive-in experience is born right in the heart of the city.

We ARE the drive- in movie theater for the modern age.

More details are provided by the Vail Daily.

The drive-in will be based in Little Beach Park, the paper notes, and will use a thirty-foot pop-up screen and contract with local businesses to provide food and other concessions.

Opening night is scheduled for July 6. Costs will range from $8 to $30, and those sans cars will be able to watch and listen in a lawn area.

Also quoted is Blue Starlite owner Josh Frank, who said in a press release, “We are thrilled to be bringing the Blue Starlite experience to Colorado for the first time. Minturn is the perfect location to create a one-of-a-kind drive-in experience.”

Blue Starlite owner Josh Frank.
Blue Starlite owner Josh Frank.

Gates will open at 7:15 p.m., with the first showtime getting under way at 8:30 p.m. Gates for the second show open at 10:45 p.m. for 11:15 p.m. screenings.

As for the tentative schedule, it's an eclectic collection of crowd-pleasers and classics:

July 6, 2016: A Fistful of Dollars

July 8, 2016: Raiders of the Lost Ark

Jul 9, 2016: Grease Sing-Along

Jul 15, 2016: Princess Bride and Late Night Horror Movie

Jul 16, 2016: The Goonies

Jul 22, 2016: Princess Bride and Late Night Horror Movie

Jul 23, 2016: Back to the Future 

Clearly, everything old is new again.

For more information about Blue Starlite in Minturn, click here.


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