Drive-in theaters were all the rage back in the day; most patrons of cinema would fondly look back at the late ’50s and early ’60s to pluck their favorite memories from a time when they would stay in their cars and enjoy a film. Moonlite Theaters Drive-in aims to bring back that sense of nostalgia with a new twist, while providing a sense of safety for its patrons. At Moonlite Theaters, you will also enjoy great food, live music, and performances each night. “Our goal at Moonlite is to make each night an experience for our guests,” says Norma Boccabella social media and special events director. “We are also proud to offer our venue for hosting ‘social distance’ events to the public.”
Moonlite Theaters’ vision is to host an outdoor entertainment venue that stretches well beyond the expectations of traditional theaters. The theater is founded by partners Todd Boccabella, Terell Braly, Wil Riggs, and Dan Bradley. Braly’s vision fueled the spark that ignited the idea for the Moonlite Theaters Drive-in. His experience as an entertainment mogul greatly helped the venture. His experiences stem from spending decades of his life promoting concerts for some of the biggest musical acts during the 1980s, such as the famous groups The Beach Boys and Eagles.
Way before Moonlite Theaters Drive-in was established, Terell Braly launched a sandwich shop out of a renovated gas station in the 1970s. He sold the shop, which eventually became the Quiznos franchise. Braly then got into the theater business in the ’90s, expanding a five-screen setup into a franchise that Entertainment Weekly would call “one of America’s most fanatically unique moviegoing experiences.” The Alamo Drafthouse theaters also ranked atop its nationwide collection of 10 Theaters Doing It Right.
Braly went and sold the theater, then helped establish the Cinnebarre cinema-eatery in Charleston, SC. He’s since sold his stake in that too. He seeks to combine his knowledge and expertise in the entertainment industry for the said drive-in.
Todd Bocabella is the monetary and numbers guy who keeps the creativity organized. He has a finance background with experience in the entertainment industry. His wife, Norma, produced and hosted a Spanish talk show in the Dominican Republic in the ’90s. He expresses that he wants the theater to be a complete outdoor experience. Their location in Charleston, SC, couldn’t have been better. “The setting is absolutely top-notch under any circumstances but particularly now with social distancing and people still wanting that community experience of entertainment.” They also plan to expand the Moonlite Theaters Drive-in into two-screen structures in the near future, and they aim to reach greater heights with this nostalgic outdoor experience that they’re offering to their patrons.
As they usher in the revival of the classic cinematic atmosphere of movie viewing, Moonlite Theaters Drive-in hopes to become a staple among families, couples, and individuals who are looking to spend some time outside their homes. It is one of the best and safest outdoor activities today, and the quality of their vision is all thanks to the self-dubbed “grandfathers” of the outdoor entertainment industry.
It is the first full-time and permanent drive-in theater in the city of Charleston since Seabreeze Drive-in Azalea Auto Theater in 1957. It boasts a massive area that can accommodate a maximum of 200 cars, which means there is plenty to go around. Moonlite Theaters Drive-in will be an essential entertainment landmark that will bring positive changes in the world today. It is this sort of creativity that will allow all of us to enjoy the things we love, despite these trying times.
To find out more about the Moonlite Theaters, information regarding renting or hosting your own event at Moonlite make sure to check out their social platforms and official website for weekly updates.