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!
In 2019 the Silverado legacy expanded. It’s BIGGER, STRONGER, and more dependable than ever before! By completely rebuilding from the ground up, Chevrolet has brought to market its longest lasting pickup of all-time.
The 2019 Silverado is wider and taller, with a longer wheelbase giving an extra 2 inches of back seat legroom. The truck bed is widened by 7 inches. To lighten the overall weight Chevrolet is using an aluminum on the hood, tailgate and both doors, while the bed itself remains steel. The all new Chevrolet is packed with technology turning this everyday work truck into a pickup that is also perfect for a night out! With the highly insulated cab you will feel as if you’re in your own world. There are 8 different trim levels to choose from. Packed under the hood is up to 420 horsepower with available 6.2 L EcoTec3 V8 engine, and 6 PowerTrains. Advanced trailering technology and active safety features are a must to keep your drive simple and safe!
Chevy invested heavily into making sure the all new Silverado came equipped with a myriad of technology features. With an 8 inch wide infotainment screen on the center stack the Silverado is easier to navigate and has more accessibility. With more features than the previous generations, there is Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a trailering app (available smartphones), 4G LTE Wi-Fi, hitch view camera, climate controls in-screen and through buttons/dials, microphones for both the driver and passenger for clearer hands-free phone calls. The push-button start has been added to the Chevrolet Silverado, and a quality heads-up display (HUD). An optional class-exclusive HUD that’s easy to read and configure comes with the 2019 Silverado.
Chevrolet’s number one concern has always been safety of their drivers. With the new Silverado it is the perfect combination of brains and brawn giving the ultimate safety pickup truck. To help the driver and passengers stay out of harm’s way while on or off the road, the available active safety features along with the high-strength steel safety cage ensures the safety of all inside the truck.
The hardest-working Silverado of all-time has been redesigned to be lighter, larger and stronger than ever before! The most functional bed of any pickup combines high-strength roll-formed steel, more cargo volume than any other truck and 12 standard tie-downs, with innovative features also available such as industry-first power-up/-down tailgate. With 20% more cargo volume Chevrolet knocks the competition out of the ballpark. Two convenient power tailgate options are offered for the Durabed making loading and unloading even easier. The power release tailgate is available on the Work Truck, Custom, Custom Trail Boss and LT, and standard on RST, LT Trail Boss and LTZ. It can be automatically lowered by using the key fob, a button inside the cabin or a touchpad on the gate itself. An optional tailgate is the industry-first Power-Up/-Down Tailgate. It takes the functionality of the Power Release tailgate a step further by letting the user raise the tailgate with just a push of a button. This feature is available on the LTZ and standard on High Country. Additional enhancement such as available 120-volt outlet near the tailgate, lighting around the hitch, cargo box, and perimeter of the truck and larger CornerStep footwells are all available to make the life of the consumer easier.
If you haven’t taken the all new Chevrolet Silverado on a test driver yet stop by Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, NC! On Friday, March 8th wewill be hosting our Silverado Open House held at the dealership. Test drive any of our 2019 Silverado models, and learn about what makes it stand out from the competition. We will have prizes and giveaways throughout the day with staff on hand to answer any of your questions!
Wilmington, NC- The 61st running of the Daytona 500 is quickly approaching just days away! One of the most sought out sporting events of all time, the Daytona 500 will be held on February 17th.
In a unique start this year’s Daytona 500 will feature the 2019 Silverado 1500 as the official pace vehicle. This is the first time a pick-up truck will serve as the pace car in the Daytona 500, with two-time Daytona 500 winner Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the driver’s seat.
Honored to pace the Daytona 500 in the Silverado 1500, Earnhardt Jr. said (as cited by Motor Authority, 2018) “Away from the track I’ve driven Chevy trucks all my life, and I’m excited to have this unique experience of pacing the Daytona 500 with the Silverado.” Earnhardt Jr. is a member of the Hendrick Motorsports family, and retired from racing in 2017. Earnhardt Jr. is now a race analyst for the NBCUniversal, and owner of JR Motorsports.
Under the Hood– Although the Silverado 1500 lacks the appearance of a traditional race car, under the hood it features a 6.2-litre V8 with 420 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque, packing a punch close in line with the Chevy Camaro.
Our very own Jeff Gordon will be commentating the Daytona 500 on Fox Sports. Gordon has won three Daytona 500’s 1997, 1999 and 2005. In 2015 Gordon’s final year of racing he won the pole at the Daytona 500, then in 2017 Gordon was the honorary pace car driver for the Daytona 500.
Although this is the first time for a pick-up truck to pace the Daytona 500, Chevrolet has been in the spotlight before pacing the “Great American Race” a total of 12 times; 5 of those times were with a Corvette, and 7 with a Camaro.
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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Wilmington, NC 28403
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 January 2015!
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