Austin drive-in cinema opens floating cinema on Lady Bird Lake


Aren’t we riding enough here? Instead of a drive-in movie, Austin-born Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-in offers two new floating movie options on Thursdays, starting August 25, at the Waterfront Floating Cinema, and Wednesdays once a month. on a cruise.

At the fixed cinema on Lady Bird Lake, the 20-foot screen (about the size of a small lake boat) faces the town and shore, so moviegoers can sit on a floating platform and watching movies against the water, easily accessible to and from downtown – perfect for pandering to nighttime plans. Earthlings can stay there, while kayak, paddleboard and canoe captains watch from their personal watercraft.

Fittingly, one of the upcoming screenings (September 8) shows Pirates of the Caribbean: Fountain of Youthbut not before the chaotic movie that made waves after debuting in South by Southwest 2022, Everything everywhere all at once (August 25, opening night). Between the two, on September 1, is the “Fat Sing-A-Long: For Olivia,” in honor of star Olivia Newton-John, who died August 8.

The second screen is mounted on the upper deck of a boat loaned by Capital Cruises, showing classic and recent independent films. The first film in this series is Pirates of the Caribbean: Fountain of YouthSeptember 14. On-boat snacks can be added when purchasing tickets online.

Both screens can also be hired for private events; up to 40 viewers can watch from shore, while the boat can accommodate up to 75. Blue Starlight hires out a complicated range of its screens for private events, which, with the exception of the lake screens, appear to measure capacity by car.

These additions bring Blue Starlite’s total Austin locations to five: The Lake, a downtown location atop a parking lot on San Antonio Street, one with multiple projection experiences in the Mueller area, one called the Starbrite Cinema near East MLK Boulevard and one to the northwest. Austin with food by Garbo’s. Another new project from Blue Starlite brings programming from the eclectic and local Hyperreal Film Club, which is in residence at the MLK site from September 4 with Peewee’s Big Adventure.

Tickets ($20-40 on the dock, $35-60 on the cruise) are available by screening at


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