Drive-in movie screening to support local businesses at Bucktown Marina

As the nostalgic drive-ins experience a resurgence across the country, a Metairie event company plans a pop-up, drive-in movie screening here at home to support local hospitality businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Families can join a two-day, drive-in movie event to kick off Memorial Day weekend in Bucktown. Event organizers announced they’re adding a second event date on Saturday, May 23 after tickets for Friday night sold out.

The event, hosted by Z Event Company, will stage 40-foot screen in the grassy field next to the Bucktown Marina near the Coast Guard station. Guests can watch a screening of the 1978 musical romantic comedy film “Grease,” starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.

DJ Raj Smoove, known for providing music entertaiment for the New Orleans Saints, will provide pre-event entertainment before the movie starts. Food and beverage options will be available for purchase.

Susan Zackin, founder of Z Event Company, says she’s throwing the social distancing party to help give back to the community and support suffering hospitality businesses. Zackin said dressing in costume and singing along is encouraged at the event.

“We are giving back to our community the best way we know how — by putting on an enjoyable event with built-in social distancing allowing families to share a car and a show!” Zackin said.

Entry to the Bucktown Marina park will begin at 6 p.m. for ticket holders to park and begin enjoying food and beverages. Organizers say all cars must be parked by 7:30 p.m., with the film rolling promptly at 8 p.m.

The drive-in movie event will stage 40-foot screen in the grassy field next to the Bucktown Marina near the Coast Guard station.

Zackin said Jefferson Parish council member Jennifer Van Vrancken helped suggest the Bucktown Harbor site for the event.

“In some ways, COVID is encouraging us to enjoy simple pleasures like bike riding, getting outdoors and now drive-in movies! It feels like stepping back in time, so Grease is perfect,” Van Vrancken said.

Advance ticket purchases and pre-orders for food purchases can be placed via the event website. Both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase, as well as snacks.

During the screening, guests are asked to remain in the comfort of vehicles, except to purchase food or utilize restrooms.

Zackin says her event company and the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office will enforce social distancing guidelines.

Tickets are $25 per vehicle and driver, with $15 per additional passengers, in limited quantities. Organizers say in the event of a cancellation due to inclement weather, tickets will be honored at a rescheduled date.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the event website.