The city, especially DTLB, can be intimidating. A lot of concrete and a lot of height can make you seem a little too small. This event celebrates bringing everything—the street, the spaces, even your own body—back to the earth. It sounds cheesy but it’s genuinely wonderful: hop on a bike, feel the wind blowing against you, and kick back with a drive-in movie, all old-school style.
Ladies and gents and everyone in between, we give you the second event of Long Beach’s ultimate summer-long concert series, the DLBA’s Summer and Music (SAM), with the 2015 Bicycle Drive-In and the screening of the 1930s classic The Wizard of Oz at Promenade and Broadway in DTLB.
Of course, SAM is all about the music. In addition to the film’s timeless score and songs, Bicycle Drive-In will be featuring Long Beach’s ever-evolving band MOVE performing Laserium favorites.
For those wishing to submerge themselves into a more trippy experience, Bicycle Drive-In will be giving patrons the chance to get their disco on—silently, that is. Silent Disco is an organization that provides listeners at events with wireless headphones playing curated music and we have a special soundtrack to pair with Oz that is sure to take you to the moon and back. Headphones, available on a first-come-first-served basis, will be offered to moviegoers for $5. For those wishing to enjoy a beer courtesy of Beachwood BBQ and Congregation Ale House can score a pair of headphones and a discounted beer for $10.
“I think everyone has had—or at least dreamt of—that magical summer night at the drive-in,” said SAM Co-Founder Rand Foster. “We want you to re-live that magic but in a different way… It’s time to get out of your car, hop on a bike, and have a moment where you experience something truly great: seeing your neighborhood from a human level while experiencing free music, a free movie, and an entirely unique atmosphere.”
SAM’s Bicycle Drive-In event will begin at 7PM on Saturday July 18 from the Promenade parking lot between Broadway and 3rd Street with the film screening at 9 PM. And of course, you are encouraged to bring your bike.
“If there are two things the DLBA is undoubtedly behind promoting, it is alternative transportation and free music,” said Kraig Kojian, President and CEO of the DLBA. “Creating events that cater to alternative transportation and make it convenient for attendees to walk or take their bike is essential for both our organization and a healthier DTLB. And let’s be honest: who doesn’t want to ride in to a free screening of The Wizard of Oz?”
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