POWELL – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is bringing a new, fun event to the summer schedule while still allowing for social distancing.
Taking a spin on the traditional drive-in movies, Drive-In ZOOvies, presented by G&J Pepsi, will feature family-friendly flicks up on the big screen in the Zoo’s northeast parking lot.
A series of eight movies will be featured at 5:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from June 19 to July 11. Each vehicle will need to pre-purchase admission online at ColumbusZoo.org for this special event. No event tickets will be sold at the Zoo.
Columbus Zoo members receive discounted admission at $25 per vehicle and includes one free bag of popcorn with their ticket. Guests who are not Columbus Zoo members can purchase a ticket for $30 per vehicle. Both non-Zoo members and Columbus Zoo members can save $10 when they purchase admission for two movies per weekend. Admission to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is not included.
The Drive-In ZOOvies summer’s movie lineup is as follows:
Friday, June 19 – 5:30 p.m. Secret Life of Pets 2 | 9:30 p.m. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Saturday, June 20 – 5:30 p.m. Secret Life of Pets 2 | 9:30 p.m. Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
Friday, June 26 – 5:30 p.m. Pokémon Detective Pikachu | 9:30 p.m. Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Saturday, June 27 – 5:30 p.m. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off | 9:30 p.m. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Friday, July 3 – 5:30 p.m. The Goonies | 9:30 p.m. The Goonies
Saturday, July 4 – 5:30 p.m. Captain America: Civil War | 9:30 p.m. Captain America: Civil War
Friday, July 10 – 5:30 p.m. Wonder Park | 9:30 p.m. Wonder Park
Saturday, July 11 – 5:30 p.m. Happy Gilmore | 9:30 p.m. Happy Gilmore
There will be limited concessions available, but for an additional $20, guests can add-on a “Zooper Snack Pack” that includes four bottled beverages and two bags of popcorn. Movie goers can bring in their own food and beverages while keeping in mind to take all debris and other belongings with them when they leave.
This favorite family pastime is the perfect way to get out of the house while still enjoying a socially-safe activity together. The movies will play on a large LCD screen, which allows families to see the movie even before sunset. All vehicles will be directed into parking spaces to ensure every other space is occupied to allow for appropriate distancing between vehicles.
Guests may either sit in their vehicle or outside of their vehicle on the driver side only. The movie’s audio will be played through an FM radio station. It is recommend that guests bring a portable radio or Bluetooth speaker to use with a smartphone radio app. Movies will play rain or shine, but guests may request a raincheck.
The parking lot will open 30 minutes before the designated start time of the movie. At the conclusion of each film, all vehicles must exit the parking lot.
The Columbus Zoo has implemented the following guidelines to ensure a safe and fun experience for all. Face coverings are required for Columbus Zoo employees and are recommended for guests.
Hand sanitizing stations will be available in several locations at the event. Portable restrooms will be available in the parking lot. They will be cleaned and disinfected routinely in accordance with health and safety guidelines.