By Matt Mueller Culture Editor Published Apr 12, 2021 at 3:01 PM

Last year, drive-in cinemas got to soak up the spotlight again, bringing the big screen back safely while movie theaters stayed dark due to COVID-19. And while they went to intermission for the winter, these old-school screenings are beginning to yell "Action!" once more – including a special showing from Milwaukee Recreation. 

Hosted on Saturday, May 15, the organization will host its first ever family drive-in movie day. Screening outside the MPS Central Services building at 5225 W. Vliet St., the new cinema extravaganza will feature a trio of movies to pick from – "Despicable Me 3" at 2 p.m., "The Secret Life of Pets 2" at 4 p.m. and "Big Hero 6" at 6 p.m – with tickets costing $20 per vehicle, per movie. Popcorn and water will also be provided, though attendees are invited to bring their own snacks as well. 

"We are really excited about this brand new event,” said Lauren Lopez, Milwaukee Recreation manager in a release. "We know folks are looking for something fun and different to do right now, and we think this is a great way to get out of the house and have some quality time with your family while staying safe and socially distant. We hope everyone will enjoy the movies and we can continue the event for years to come."

Attendees are asked to arrive no earlier than 20 minutes before the start of their movie, and masks will be required when outside of one's vehicle. 

To sign up – whether for just one movie, two of the screenings or a big-screen binge with all three flicks – click here. And stay tuned to OnMilwaukee for more drive-in theater updates as the weather – and the summer movie season – continues to heat up.

Matt Mueller Culture Editor

As much as it is a gigantic cliché to say that one has always had a passion for film, Matt Mueller has always had a passion for film. Whether it was bringing in the latest movie reviews for his first grade show-and-tell or writing film reviews for the St. Norbert College Times as a high school student, Matt is way too obsessed with movies for his own good.

When he's not writing about the latest blockbuster or talking much too glowingly about "Piranha 3D," Matt can probably be found watching literally any sport (minus cricket) or working at - get this - a local movie theater. Or watching a movie. Yeah, he's probably watching a movie.