by Larry D. Curtis

With physical distancing in mind, Utah Film Center is bringing cinema to neighborhoods around Salt Lake City.

The pop-up drive-in movies are for Utah residents to experience outdoor entertainment on Thursdays through the remainder of the summer and into mid-October, each Thursday through Sunday. Locations are in neighborhoods like Midvale, Alta Ski Resort and downtown Salt Lake City.

Tickets are $25 or $20 for Utah Film Center members. So far films and locations have been announced through Aug. 29 but more will be featured at its website: utahfilmcenter.org/drivein/.

The first films screen at dark on Thur. Aug. 20 in with “Apollo 11” at the Land Cuiser Heritage Museum parking lot at 470 W., 600 South and the Belgian Waffle & Omelet Inn parking lot in Midvale at 7331 S., 900 East, featuring “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” with all its Utah ties.

Three films are featured the following night, with features playing Saturday and Sunday as well.

The Utah Film Center is a nonprofit organization that gets funding from the Salt Lake County ZAP tax, Utah Divisions of Arts and Museums, National Endowment for the Arts and the Salt Lake City Arts Council.

“There will never be a substitute for the feeling you get when you gather, in-person, with other people, to watch a movie,” Utah Film Center Executive Director Patrick Hubley said. “We programmed our drive-in lineup to appeal to a wide variety of audiences so people from all walks of life can feel the warmth of connection again.”

Gates open at 7:30 with films starting at dusk or at approximately 8:30 p.m. As new titles and dates are added, they will be updated on its website.

The center requests that anyone leaving the oversized parking area to wear a mask and practice physical distancing. Patrons are asked to stay in or near their cars.