These O.C. Businesses Pivoted to Drive-In Entertainment During Stay-at-Home Orders

From drive-in comedy to concerts, here’s how these businesses gave a throwback to the the ’50s.
Photograph by Julie Salas-Rodriguez

Improv Live at Irvine Spectrum
What: Patrons drove to the top of the Regal parking structure to enjoy stand-up comedy from their cars with comedians including Rob Schneider, Carlos Mencia, Bob Saget, and more.
Cost: $80 to $140 per car

Movies, Concerts, and Comedy at City National Grove
What: Guests were able to enjoy concerts from bands such as Iration and Deorro as well as movies and stand-up comedy. No outside food or drinks were permitted, and most events welcomed all ages unless otherwise stated.
Cost: Variable depending on show and parking spot

Movies at Brea Starlite
What: Boasting Southern California’s largest outdoor inflatable screen, Brea Starlite’s movie nights were fun for the whole family. Moviegoers watched from their cars and snacked on concessions at the Brea Mall across from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse.
Cost: $35 per car

Concerts at the Muckenthaler
What: Folks rolled down windows or sat in truck beds to enjoy the sounds of outdoor concerts. Guests wore masks when leaving their cars to use the restroom.
Cost: Variable depending on event

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