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ROC'N Drive-In sees successful first night

Patrick Moussignac
Updated: June 25, 2020 11:07 PM
Created: June 25, 2020 10:29 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Just like in the movie "Field of Dreams,"  "If you build it, they will come."

Thursday was opening night of the ROC'N Drive-In built at Frontier Field.

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With the 2020 Rochester Red Wings Baseball season still up in the air, organizers and movie fans say what better way to still get fans to come to the stadium on a nice summer night. 

Since movie theaters didn't make the cut for Phase Four of reopening, they still remain closed until further notice.

The City of Rochester partnered with the Red Wings, and other companies to fill the gap for movie-goers by turning the VIP parking lot at Frontier Field into a pop-up drive-in.

"I think it's a good idea," Rochester resident John Heath said after he parked his car. "I think it's really cool. I think it’s going to get the community out here more together."

Theresa Stewart came in from Gates with her husband.

"I applaud Lovely for what she's trying to do, and I'm a big fan," Stewart said. "So thank you."

The ROC'N Drive-In is a double featured bill with two movies every weekend. Eighty cars filled the parking lot to watch "Mission Impossible: Fallout." It was followed by "Casino Royale."

"What a great idea, and having a date night for people like us on Thursdays, and family nights on Friday, and Saturday. I think it’s a fantastic plan," said Rev. Claud Stewart, who is also from Gates.

Tickets are sold online, and when you arrive there's a parking spot plus six feet of extra room waiting for you.

"It's great my own personal space. I like it. It's safe, and I'll just see how long I sit here. I usually eat my dinner here then sit in my car," Howard Ressel said as he set up his seats next to his car.

Rochester Red Wings General Manager Dan Mason says ROC'N Drive-In is a great family event.

"It's a chance for a lot of people who never been to a drive-in movie to experience it, and a chance for a generation that has been to a drive-in to pass it on to their kids, or the next generation, or their grandkids," Mason said.

Besides the drive-in, Frontier Field still hosts "Dinner On The Diamond" giving families a chance to have their favorite concession food. If baseball is canceled for good this year Mason says there's a plan for that once new state social distancing guidelines are released.

"We're working feverishly to try to get as many events as we can here," Mason said. "Unique opportunities for people to utilize our ballpark, and to come out, and have a great time."

According to Mason the parking lot can fit 130 vehicles. Ticket information can be found on the city's website, or the Red Wings' website.


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