A summer classic is going to the drive-in movie theater with a vehicle packed full of your friends or a romantic date night. Unfortunately, though there aren’t many drive-in-movie theaters around anymore.
There are still alternatives though! Around Wilmington, there are movie nights where you can go to a park and watch movies for free sitting in the grass. You could always host your own movie night in your backyard just be sure to invite the neighbors so they don’t get upset. Or if you’re looking for a more romantic night, crawl into your vehicle and set up your movie.
Here are some places around Wilmington where you can watch movies in the park:
When: All summer long every Sunday film begins at dusk
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
What not to bring: No alcohol or glass allowed.
DIY Backyard Movie Theater
It may not be a drive-in-movie but it’s still a lot of fun for a nice summer night with friends and family, here is everything that you’ll need to make your own outdoor movie theater right in your backyard!
There are 4 key components that you will need when setting up your backyard theater;
Video Source: Some options for this would be your laptop, DVD player, Blu-Ray player, or gaming console.
Video Projector: What your projector will need:
Brightness – go for 2000 lumens or better
Resolution – look for a 720p or 1080p model HD is also a great thing to look for.
Sound- Don’t worry about if the projector has a built-in speaker, they do not help for outdoor settings.
Sound System: Think about something that you have that produced enough sound and can be plugged into your video source. Some ideas are:
A good set of computer speakers
Take it old school with a boom box – as long as it has auxiliary outputs
Home Theater in a box
A Screen: Really any white material will work, but here are a few ideas to make your screen.
What you will need:
Two white king sized flat/top sheets.
40 feet of 1 1/2 inch SCH 40 PVC Pipe
(2) 1/4 inch x 3-inch eye bolts
(2) 90° PVC elbows
(3) 1 1/2 inch PVC “T” pipes
(3) five-gallon buckets
Cord or Rope
How to make the screen:
Cut 2 pieces 100” X 56”
Turn right side out with the seams on the inside, ironing down the seams will help it lay flat
Make pockets for the pipes by sewing the seam around all four sides about 4” away from the edge
Fold and iron the raw edges from the final side that has not been closed. Stitch the edges together to close the final side.
How to make the frame for the screen:
Lay your screen you just made flat on the ground. Take a 90° elbow and connect it to a ten-foot piece of 1 1/2 inch PVC pipe. Slide the pipe through the top pocket of the screen. Measure from the left to the right side of the screen and mark where you need to cut it. Take the pipe out, cut the pipe, and slide the pipe back through the screen. Place the second 90° elbow on the opposite end of the top pipe.
Place the “T” PVC connector into the bottom left-hand corner of the screen where it would belong. Measure from the top 90° elbow connector to the bottom tee connector to determine the length of the side pipe. Cut the pipe and slide into the side pocket of the screen and fit into the 90° elbow and then attach the “T” connector. Repeat for the right-hand side.
There should already be a hole in the screen for this, place the final tee connector in the center of the bottom pocket in the screen. Measure from the left tee to the center tee and cut to fit. Slide it in and attach to both tees. Repeat, by measuring from the center tee to the right tee, cutting and attaching.
In case of winds you will need to tie down your screen so attach one eye bolt to each side pipe.
Cut three 1 1/2 inch PVC pipes in lengths of 41 inches each. These will be the legs of the screen.
Stand the legs in the center of the 5-gallon buckets. Fill the buckets with sand to hold the legs in place.
Attach the “legs” to the 3 tee connectors on the bottom of the screen.
Now you have your screen, time to go pick out your movie and invite your friends over, don’t forget the popcorn!
If you do not have the time or simply do not want to build the screen there are other options, you could always do a projector screen although they are typically not that large, there are inflatable screens, as well as outdoor movie screens that you can buy. Another simple option if you have the space for it and location is to project the movie on the side of your house, garage door, tall fence. There are endless options for a movie screen, it’s all just a matter of how creative you want to get. Most importantly is to have fun, enjoy the movie, and eat popcorn!
Looking for something more romantic? Get in your vehicle with WiFi and have a movie night!
Here’s what you’ll need:
A vehicle with WiFi capability
TV, tablet, laptop
Pillows and blankets
Most of our Chevy’s have a WiFi hotspot, but here are some of our favorites that would be perfect for your in-car-movie night.
With a large truck bed, the Colorado makes for the perfect night under the stars, watch a movie or both! Featuring a 6-speaker system you’ll have surround sound, plus there is a WiFi hotspot so just connect your laptop to your trucks WiFi and you’re set or a movie marathon! Don’t forget to bring plenty of blankets, pillows, and snacks.
Turn your date night of two into four and make it a double date or bring the pets along! With a HUGE truck bed large enough for the whole family to join! Featuring Chevrolet 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots offering a fast and reliable internet and 6-speaker system makes for the perfect in-car movie dates! Bring your friends, family, or pets and pack into your Silverado for a movie marathon, don’t forget the snacks, pillows, and blankets!
The Chevrolet Blazer, Equinox, Traverse, Trax, Tahoe, and Suburban are all great cars to have your in-car movie date. Just like the Silverado, they all feature Chevrolet 4G LTE and built-in Wi-Fi hotspots. You can lay the seats down, back or take them out whatever your preference whatever the vehicle it will be a great night! Just don’t forget your snacks and your date!
Drive-in-movie theaters do not have to be a thing of the past with all of these fun ideas you can bring it back and enjoy those long summer nights with some movies! Remember the 3 most important things about a drive-in-movie; 1. pick a good movie 2. enjoy it with friends family or a date and 3. you must have snacks lots of snacks. Now that you have these ideas and a checklist go make this the best summer yet, and do it in a Chevrolet!
From the beautiful coastline to the grand mountains, North Carolina is rich with off-road trails and terrain. Jeff Gordon Chevrolet has the best car for all of your off-road adventures with the ChevroletColoradoZR2.
No matter your skill level North Carolina is sure to have terrain for you with the beaches and the mountains.
Uwharrie National Forest in Troy, North Carolina has several public OHV Trails, a pass is required there is the option for a $ 5-day pass or $ 30-year pass. The trails are open from April-December. Uwharrie was founded as a national forest in 1961, prior to becoming a national forest the land was used for hunting, gold mining, logging, and farming. From prior activities, a collection of roads and trails were made which are now used by off-road enthusiasts and has become the foundation of for the OHV trail systems.
Dutch John (TR90) is an easy-moderate 2.1-mile trail with diverse terrain and scenery which includes several creek crossings, trenched hill climb, which has become one of the picturesque locations in Uwharrie.
Falls Dam (TR96) is an easy 2.8-mile OHV trail located in Uwharrie National Forest. Drivers are exposed to almost every terrain while winding their way through the forest. This trail is ideal for beginners and anyone who wants to take in a gentle ride and soak in the brilliant surroundings. The “soup bowl” is toward the northern end of the trail and one of the more notable attractions in Uwharrie. The “soup bowl” is a deep pool of muddy water that is technically named “Lake Leigh”. There is a degree of risk if you take the plunge, the entire pool including the rim is slick clay, and the water level can exceed four feet in areas at times, so be safe but have fun!
Rocky Mountain Loop (TR92) is an easy-moderate 1.9-mile OHV trail located in Uwharrie National Forest. Unfortunately due to the closing of one of the sections the Rocky Mountain loop no longer makes a complete loop. However, it circles around the northern part and intersects with Sawmill (TR93), Slab Pile (TR79), Dickey Bell (TR91) and Daniel (TR390) along the way. This trail can be explored by any skill level, and if you spend the day in Uwharrie National Forest you’re sure to run into it.
Sawmill (TR93) is an easy 0.9-mile OHV trail in Uwharrie National Forest. Although it is a relatively short trail it carries drivers through the wide mix of terrain and connects them to other trails of varying difficulty with beautiful sceneries.
Slab Pile (TR79) is an easy but fairly rough 1.1-mile OHV trail. Slab Pile is a scenic trail that can be driven with any level of a vehicle. It takes you by “poser rock”, which is a massive rock that sits in the middle of the clearing is a popular spot for people to push the vertical limits of their vehicle to the extreme. This is one place on the Uwharrie bucket list that you shouldn’t miss!
Wolf Den (TR89) is a short easy 0.95-mile OHV trail that provides an opportunity for novice drivers. Wolf Den is popular to experience Uwharrie’s magnificent landscape on wheels and access other trails.
Conditions permitting the rustic 8-mile road of the Smoky Mountains at Parsons Branch Road has 18 creek crossing and tough mountain terrain making for a field day for experienced off-roaders. This road also connects to “Tail of the Dragon,” which is notorious for having 318 curves in 11 miles.
The only OHV area in the Pisgah National Forest is Brown Mountain offering 34 miles of designated trails. It is close to Morganton and Lenoir, passes are required for purchase $5 a day or $30 a year.
With the beautiful coastline of North Carolina, it is time to take a drive to the beach. There are many driveable beaches all along the coast. Lowering the tire pressure it is recommended to lower their tire pressure, that off-roading on the beach will want to bring a low-pressure tire gauge, as well as a jack and a shovel, as required by the National Park Service.
In Wilmington, we have Freeman Park with beautiful sand dunes, wildlife, and the majestic beach. At Freeman Park, there is overnight camping at the beach which must be reserved in advance and passes must be obtained for driving on the beach. It is a trash free park, so no littering, we want to keep our beaches safe and beautiful.
If you’re actively fishing night driving as well as overnight parking is accessible year-round on Corolla. During peak vacation time between the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, a parking permit is required.
Just south of Corolla is Kill Devil Hills a beautiful location which only allows driving between October 1st and April 30th. All vehicles must have insurance, registrations, current safety inspections and driving permits which can be obtained through the
Town of Kill Devil Hills or Nags Head. Nags Head is just south of Kill Devil Hills and they share the same requirements along with the schedule for beach driving. They will both honor each other’s beach driving permits.
Cape Lookout is just a 3-mile boat ride off-shore where horse watching, shelling, fishing, birding, camping, lighthouse climbing, and touring historic villages can be experienced. To drive on the beach you must obtain a permit and a free ORV certificate.
On the Outer Banks, there are 17 vehicle access ramps along the shores of Cape Hatteras.
While off-roading can be a lot of fun remember it can also be dangerous so be sure always let someone know where you will be and when you expect to be back because some location may not have cell service. Check with the National Park Service to make sure it is safe to ride the trails or beaches. Stay in the designated areas as some areas are protected wildlife and could be dangerous to you or others if going off the trails.
This Bison will be ready to take off-roading as soon as you take it off the lot, as it comes equipped with many protective features straight out of the factory.
5 skid plates which cover the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case, and both front and rear locking differentials. The 5 skid plates are constructed of hot-stamped Boron steel which is a rarity for a production vehicle.
AEV- designed stamped steel front and rear bumpers is also a key focus on off-road protection. The steel bumpers give you excellent protection while traversing obstacles like rocks and logs.
Other key components are; trail recovery with the front featuring winch provisions and recovery points which are integrated into the rear. Another one is standard fog lights below the traditional headlights.
Rather than the traditional Chevrolet bow-tie, the Bison will have an exclusive flow-through “CHEVROLET” lettering grille. “Bison” decals are on the bedsides along with an “AEV Bison” logo on the tailgate of the new Colorado variant.
Visors, driver and front passenger illuminated sliding vanity mirrors
Windows, power with driver Express-Up and Down
Wireless Charging for compatible cell phones (expanded capability)
Want to take this beauty for a test drive or even better take it home? Come by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet to check it out! See all of the awesome features, and plan your new off-roading experience with the all-new Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison.
When you purchase a vehicle from Jeff Gordon’s award-winning dealership in Wilmington, North Carolina, you don’t just become another number – You become part of the family, and you can count on be treated as such, not only during the buying process, but long after the sale, whether it be for a routine maintenance visit, an unfortunate fender bender, or you just want to stop in and say hello. Here are just a few new and returning #JGCFamily members with their new Chevys from March 2015!
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One of the greatest features of the new Colorado that hasn’t been talked about too much (well, until now) is the available GearOn® Cargo Management System which allows adventurists to optimize the truck bed space with different mounting configurations for kayaks, bikes, even a pop-up tent, and compartment options for all your gear and equipment.
So, the GearOn® Edition is born, taking aim at high end versions of the Nissan Frontier and Toyota Tacoma.
Chevrolet Colorado GearOn® Edition Features
The special-edition Colorado will include the GearOn® bars package, divider package, and cargo tie-down rings. Other details include off-road assist steps, EZ light and lower tailgate, 18-inch aluminum wheels, remote start, front and rear black bow tie emblems, and a body-colored solid grille plate. It will be offered on Colorado LT models, crew and extended cabs, with short and long beds and optional 4WD.
The GearOn® Edition Colorado will be arriving at NASCAR champion, Jeff Gordon’s award-winning dealership, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, in Wilmington, North Carolina this Spring of 2015 and will have a price tag of $32,125 (including destination charge.) And if that price tag is a little more than you would like to spend, the GearOn® accessory kit is available across the lineup and can be purchased with your regular-edition Colorado.
But, there’s no need to wait for the special edition to get here! If you haven’t driven the Colorado yet, you must! Schedule your test drive at Jeff Gordon Chevy by calling (910)798-2650! You can also just shoot us an email here. And lastly, if you would like updates on the GearOn® Edition Colorado’s arrival, fill out the form below for updates!
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It’s everything you expect from Chevy trucks and everything you didn’t expect from any small trucks. The 2015 Colorado will completely reinvent the midsize pickup. Built for a new generation with its own definition of adventure. It’s bold. It’s restless. It’s everything a truck should be, and more. The revived mid-sized truck won’t be available until Fall of 2014, but for now, we just can’t help but to keep looking at it. So what’s so special about it? A lot of things. Inside:The 2015 Colorado will be the first in its class to combine design features such as inlaid, triple-sealed doors, and thick windshield and side glass to help reduce wind noise inside, which helps keep the commotion of the outside world right where it belongs. A huge center console will provide easy, secure storage for your gadgets. Cockpit-style gauges and large, simple controls combined form and function for intuitive operation. Seats are shaped for maximum support and leg room. And a sculpted headliner provides extra space for taller drivers and passengers. Under the Hood: The Colorado is, of course, engineered to achieve outstanding fuel economy. The 2.5 liter I-4 and 3.6 liter V6 engines will use advance technology to boost fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance. In both engines, Spark Ignition Direct Injection (SIDI) technology is utilized to optimize fuel economy. And joining the engine lineup the following year, the highly anticipated 2.8L Duramax Turbo-Diesel (which no other North American competitor in its class has offered before.) To enhance the unrivaled towing and payload, the Colorado available 6-speed automatic transmission features a button-activated Tow/Haul mode on 3.6L V6 models, which will help minimize upshifting and downshifting. The Colorado will also allow you to have the option of the off-road Z71 package, of course. Outside: The Colorado will be available with in a Crew Cab or Extended Cab and offer the StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control System and 4-wheel Duralife ABS brakes. And to help make your new Colorado yours, a bunch of custom accessories will be available to make the most of your time spent in your Colorado.
And, for longer trips, you can get a dual rear-DVD entertainment system with wireless headphones to keep the rear passengers occupied and quiet. It’s got your back. And front. And sides… Colorado will include the 5-year/100,000-mile Powertrain Warranty, FREE 2-year/24,000-mile scheduled maintenance, and a 3-year/36,000-mile Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty. All this plus included Roadside Assistance and Courtesy Transportation programs for up to 5 years or 100,000 miles gives you the Best Pickup Coverage in America. Click here for more information on the Colorado from Chevrolet. Stay tuned for more news on the 2015 Colorado and its arrival. If you want to be one of the first to know about its arrival at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet or want to pre-order one, simply call us at (888)261-0090 and we’ll add you to the list! Or you can simply email us at email@example.com! OR (last one) just fill out the contact form below.