Coworkers Jason Anello and Anna Boyarsky set up a bike-in movie theater in Brooklyn last year, and now they want to do it again — but bigger, better, and bicoastal. They’re raising funds on Kickstarter for permits and licensing, because the show itself won’t make any money: The plan is for tickets to be completely free, so that everyone in the community can enjoy.
Kickstarter rewards range from a ticket “hand drawn by our children and/or cats” to a tour of all the Bike-In-Theater shows, which will be in New York and San Francisco. They do not include the chance to pick which movie is showing, which I think would be an awesome incentive, but whatever, it’s not my theater (and apparently they watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off last year so they have taste).
Unlike a drive-in, you don’t actually sit in your vehicle the whole time you’re watching the movie, so how is a bike-in theater different from other “free movie in the park” style showings? Well, first, it’s in an alley, which is less comfortable than grass but also has fewer bugs. But it also encourages using your bike to get to fun events, which we’re always in favor o. Also, they seem to have cookies.