Drive-In movie theaters are popping up in Pittsfield, Lenox

Drive-In movie theaters are popping up in Pittsfield, Lenox

While they are currently unable to welcome people into their theaters, some theater groups in the Berkshires are finding other ways to bring people together: temporary drive-in movie theaters.

Starting July 16, Shakespeare & Company will host a drive-in theater on their Lenox campus in conjunction with the Berkshire International Film Festival.

Allyn Burrows, Artistic Director of Shakespeare & Company said, “We will be screening independent films and documentaries on Thursday night, then Shakespeare themed films on Friday night. Saturday nights, again, documentaries or independent films, and then Sunday nights will be family-themed films. ”

The theater company put off the entire 2020 season until next year, so Burrows says it was important to somehow maintain their connection with the community.

“It’s really about the community, right, about getting people out, enjoying the night air and enjoying the Berkshire vibe,” said Burrows.

Berkshire Theater Group will hold their own drive-in at the Taconic High School parking lot in Pittsfield on the second and third weekends of July.

Kate Maguire, Artistic Director of Berkshire Theater Group, said, “Since drive-ins are part of Phase I in Massachusetts, we decided to keep going. The city was remarkable in its partnership, so July will be family fun at” Sunset Cinema. “”

Maguire says they hope to give some personal shows this summer. She is optimistic that it will be possible because of how well the state has handled the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have taken precautions, we all wear masks, we will ask all our listeners to keep wearing masks,” said Maguire. “So we feel very happy to see the numbers go down in the Berkshires. “