Published Jun 30, 2020Last week, we reported that construction was underway on a drive-in theatre in Toronto's Docklands, in the parking lot for REBEL nightclub. Now, the organizers have officially announced the CityView Drive-In and confirmed a summer concert series.
The venue will host 200-plus vehicles in parking spots at least seven feet apart. The stage is 238 feet in size, with three LED screens. The venue apparently has a state-of-the-art sound system, and attendees we also be able to tune into the show via a designated FM radio frequency.
The ticketing system will be done digitally and is entirely touchless. Concessions and merch can also be purchased online and delivered to vehicles.
The venue will host concerts, movie nights and other events. There are already three shows booked: Monster Truck on July 16, Allan Rayman on July 18, and A Tribe Called Red on August 6. According to a press release, "many more artist announcements" are on the way.
The drive-in venue is run by INK Entertainment, the entertainment company behind REBEL, VELD Music Festival and more.
INK CEO Charles Khabouth said in a statement, "As we adapt to life amid a pandemic, we looked to our neighbours across borders for guidance and inspiration. Like Toronto, major global cities have missed out on months of entertainment and have started to rely on creative solutions, like outdoor concert venues. With advanced technology and online ticket sales, the experience can be completely contactless, with no reason to exit your vehicle."