Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Presents: The Return of Tel Aviv’s Legendary Drive-In Theater!


Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality, in partnership with Tel Aviv Cinematheque, is inviting residents to park up, sit back and enjoy the nostalgia as the city’s famous drive-in theater returns to life this week.

Romantic movies will be screened this week at the Shlomo Group Arena parking lot, the location of Tel Aviv’s former drive-in theater, to celebrate Tu B’Av – also described as “Jewish Valentine’s Day.”

Launched in March 1973, Tel Aviv’s first drive-in complex was closed in 2000. The multi-purpose Drive-In Arena, subsequently renamed the Shlomo Group Arena, was inaugurated at the site in December 2014.

Movies will be screened at the drive-in theater on Wednesday and Thursday this week (August 5-6), exclusively for DigiTel Resident Card holders. Tickets must be purchased ahead of time via the municipality website:

Each screening will welcome a total of 200 vehicles, strictly in accordance with Health Ministry guidelines and “purple badge” public health standards. Movie audio will be transmitted in high quality via an FM radio frequency.

Ron Huldai, Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo: “Tel Aviv is the ‘non-stop city’ but the coronavirus outbreak understandably halted a large share of cultural and leisure activity. Nevertheless, we constantly searched for creative ways to grant residents access to culture. The return of the drive-in is another creative way to pass the hot August days, in accordance with Health Ministry guidelines.”

The opening of the drive-in theater joins a long list of municipal initiatives launched to support cultural activity in the city.

Initiatives include providing support to artists and cultural organizations facing difficulties resulting from the crisis; subsidizing intimate outdoor performances in restaurants and cafes; funding street performances in central locations; and offering hundreds of outdoor activities for families and elderly residents every month.

Screenings (gates open at 8 p.m.):

August 5 (9 p.m.): Pre-premiere screening of “La belle époque”

August 6 (9 p.m.): Screening of “Zero Motivation”

The screenings are organized by Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality’s Arts and Culture Division (Performance Department), in partnership with municipal companies: Tel Aviv Cinematheque, Expo Tel Aviv and Sport Palaces of Tel Aviv-Yafo.

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