DIY Drive-In Movie Theater

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.
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Here are some places around Wilmington where you can watch movies in the park:
Where: Leland Municipal Park
When: Saturday at sunset
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
What not to bring: Pets or alcohol
Concessions available
Where: Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
When: Thursday & Friday at 8:00 PM
What to bring: Family, friends, blanket, lawn chairs, and picnic
 Light refreshments available for purchase.
Where: Carolina Beach Lake 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.
Concessions available.
Image Credit: Nan Palmero/ Flickr
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:
  • Stereo amplifier
  • 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.
DIY Sheets:
  • 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
  • Sand
  • 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!
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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
  • Quiet place
  • TV, tablet, laptop
  • Pillows and blankets
  • Snacks
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!

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Offers The Best Military Discount In The Business

Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Offers The Best Military Discount In The Business

May is National Military Appreciation Month and Jeff Gordon Chevrolet wants to honor all of those who have served our Great Nation. We proudly offer the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Military Discount to all who have served in the military and we even extend it to loved ones of those who have served in any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces? It’s just the right thing to do.

The GM Military Discount allows eligible members of the U.S. Military to purchase or lease eligible Chevrolet vehicles at a special discounted price that is below MSRP. Plus, you can combine the discount with most current offers and incentives to save even more. There are a number of different vehicles in the Chevrolet lineup, like the Blazer, Camaro, Colorado, Cruze, Equinox, Impala, Malibu, Silverado, Spark, Suburban, Tahoe, Traverse, Trax and Volt

The Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Military Discount is available to Active Duty, National Guard, Reservists, Veterans within one year of discharge date, retirees of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. It also applies to any spouses of eligible military members.

Visit to get your Authorization number and then GO to Jeff Gordon Chevrolet with your Military I.D. and we’ll handle the rest.

Don’t live near Jeff Gordon Chevrolet? No Problem! We offer free travel assistance from Camp Lejeune, Marine Corps Air Station New River, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, Fort Bragg and Pope Army Airfield.

We also offer a Fly-in-Drive-Home program, as well as Hassle-Free Door to Door Delivery. If you’re overseas and want a new ride when you get home or have a spouse who needs a new vehicle stateside, give Jeff Gordon Chevrolet a call and we will help get you or your family that you can get the perfect vehicle!

At Jeff Gordon Chevrolet, it is an honor to be a service to those who have served our great nation. Without you and your great sacrifices, America would not be the free country that it is today. And most of all, “Thank you, for your service to our country.

Still have questions about the Jeff Gordon Chevrolet Military Discount? Check out our answers to some of the most common queries here, or feel free to call Jeff’s Internet Sales Hotline 888-817-5744.


Miss North Carolina 2015 On Her Way to Miss USA

Julia Dalton Sits with Jeff Gordon Chevrolet As She Gets Ready to Compete for Miss USA

The beautiful Julia Dalton, Miss North Carolina USA [2015] sits down with Leacy Sauer of Jeff Gordon Chevrolet as she prepares to compete at the National Miss USA Competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana this coming July. Watch the video here, or scroll down to read the transcript!

Since she was crowned in October of 2014 as Miss North Carolina, Julia has worked with Jeff Gordon Chevrolet to help fulfill her reign as Miss NC. As a native of Wilmington, NC, Julia came to Jeff Gordon Chevy looking for a vehicle sponsor. She felt that Chevrolet was a perfect choice, being truly American, whose lineup provided something for every lifestyle. She has driven several Chevy models, including the Trax, Impala, Equinox, Malibu, and more, to assist her safely in her many appearances around the state where she puts a strong focus on what she feels most strongly about – community outreach and charitable organizations.

You can learn more about Julia here:

Interview Transcript:

Leacy: Hi! This is Leacy from Jeff Gordon Chevrolet. I am sitting here with Miss Julia Dalton who is Miss North Carolina. She is on her way to the Miss USA pageant this year and we just wanted to welcome you here and say thanks for having a chat with us today. And, actually, we just wanted to know – When were you actually crowned Miss North Carolina?

Julia: I was crowned Miss North Carolina USA on October 11th, 2014. It was a big night for me and it’s been an exciting year.

Leacy: Yeah, it sounds like it’s been really crazy. So, the pageant is coming up. When is it and where is it located this year?

Julia: Miss USA is going to be on July 12th and it’s in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And it’s going to be hot and humid but thankfully since I’m from Wilmington, I’ll be used to it and my hair won’t get too crazy!

Leacy: Well, Baton Rouge, that will be a lot of fun, it’ll be quite a different experience probably. Very nice people who come from Louisiana, too.

Julia: Absolutely.

Leacy: So, you’re a native of Wilmington. What are some of your favorite things about our Coastal City?

Julia: I love the mere fact that we have the beach and the waterways and that beautiful ecosystem. I’m a runner, and so I love taking my jog down to the beach. Getting that run is gives such a sense of solitude. It’s relaxing and [the beach] is so beautiful. There’s something very unique about our beaches, so I think that’s my favorite part.

Leacy:  Great. So as Miss North Carolina [2015], when will your reign end?

Julia: It’ll be a year from the night I got crowned so I’ll have to pass the torch again on October 12th, 2015.

Leacy: Well you’re here at the dealership today and so, [let’s] talk cars a little bit… Think back when you were learning how to drive… Everyone has interesting stories of when they were younger and a teenager and they had that one person who was trying to help them out and teach them the ropes. Who was that person for you?

Julia:  I will never forget whenever we were young, we would do this thing where we would pull into our neighborhood, and my Dad would push back the seat of the car and would let one of us come and sit in his front lap and steer – we were really young, and it was just through the neighborhood and that was always really fun and something that I remember and so that I think that my Dad was always the one who instigated how to drive safely, how to hold the steering wheel and steer properly. So, I would say my Dad.

Leacy:  Well that’s pretty cool.

Julia:  Yeah, it’s a cute memory.

Leacy: So you’ve been with us now since a little bit after you started your reign last year. You got to drive a couple different Chevy models, taking you here and there and everywhere for your appearances. Which one really sticks out in your mind? Did you have a favorite?

Julia:  That’s tough, because I really love all of them, but the 2 that stick out in my mind are the Impala, because it’s just the epitome of a luxury car. You feel comfortable, you feel safe, there’s [a lot of] space, it has a beautiful interior, and it drives really smooth – I love that one, for sure.Miss NC USA 2015 - Chevrolet Equinox - Jeff Gordon Chevrolet - 1

But I also really liked the Trax because you get the feel of a car like you’re in a sedan and you can whip around town, but like an SUV, you are sitting a little higher. That one’s super fun and really sporty – which reflects my personality.

Leacy:  Wow, those are two very different vehicles.

Julia:  Haha, I know! I have two completely different sides of my personality.

Leacy:  So after Miss USA, what’s next?

Julia:  After Miss USA, I’ll keep working at my job at PPD… If I don’t win. If I do win, I’ll be flown to New York City to start my media tour and I will live there for a year. But you know, if I don’t, I’ll come back to Wilmington, North Carolina and continue my job with PPD and fulfill my reign as Miss North Carolina.

Leacy: Awesome. Well, we all think you’re gonna win.

Julia:  Thank you!

Leacy:  Well, thanks so much for sitting with us today and guys, please be sure to watch the Miss USA Pageant coming up on July 12th, live on NBC at 7PM central!

Update 7/9: Julia has arrived in Baton Rouge and has gone through the Miss USA preliminary competition! Check out her contestant interview below!

The #JGCFamily – January 2015 Family Photos | Jeff Gordon Chevrolet

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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Chevrolet Adding Another Vehicle to the Lineup

Introducing the new 2015 Chevrolet Trax

Chevrolet just announced that it will be adding another vehicle to its lineup – to add to the current 15+ other cars, trucks, and SUVs. It’s called the Chevrolet Trax, and it’s just adorable. Currently, the Equinox is the smallest available crossover by Chevrolet… until the Trax hits lots, which will allow consumers to drive an SUV but maneuver and save at the pump as they would if they were driving something like a Cruze!

The Chevrolet Trax is most comparable to the Buick Encore, with similar styling, size, and… okay, it’s pretty much exactly the same. But there’s no doubt that the Trax will have a much lower price tag (based on the fact that Chevrolet’s and Buick’s comparable third-row SUVs – the Traverse and Enclave – are over $8,000 different in price.)

So what’s so cool about it?

Firstly, the all-new Trax will be available in 10 different colors (shown below), including some new introductions that have not yet been used on any other Chevy like orange rock metallic, blaze red, and deep expresso metallic (which looks like some delicious dark chocolate.) The exterior also features Chevrolet’s signature dual-port grill, swept-back headlights, and available chrome accents that will surely turn heads wherever you go.

Trax Colors

Let’s take a look inside…
Trax Inside

The Trax is designed to make a road trip as comfortable as a 5-block commute with available 6-way power driver’s seat which you can choose to have come heated since we’ve found out that something like the polar vortex can happen. There will also be 15 available storage areas, including a two-tier glove box and an array of cubbies, consoles, and cup holders. It will have a spot for every little piece of everything that likes to fall in between your seat and the center console. With the 60/40 split-folding rear seats and fold-flat front passenger seat (←WHAT?!), the options are endless. All that adds up to a total of 48.4 cubit feet of cargo space.

Another treat that the Trax has in store is Chevrolet MyLink – standard on all modelsIt will also offer available 4G LTE connectivity through OnStar that will make your Trax a mobile hotspot, giving you a superhero-strength signal, and allow you to easily connect 7 smart devices to the internet.

Just because the Trax is tiny, doesn’t mean it doesn’t have power. The 1.4L ECOTEC engine is turbocharged (standard), which increases power generation while simultaneously enhancing efficiency. And its available on-demand electronically-controlled AWD system provides extra traction and maneuverability when you need it. When you don’t need it, the system automatically shifts to FWD to make sure you’re rolling as efficiently as possible.

The all-new Trax will be available at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet later this year. To get more information or updates on the vehicle and its arrival, call us at (910)798-2650 or (888)261-0090, or just fill out the contact form below to send us an email.

And in case you missed it, read about the other additions coming later this year (2014) – the City Express and Colorado.

UPDATE 12/22/14: The Chevrolet Trax has arrived at Jeff Gordon Chevrolet – earlier than expected, too! Click here to view our current Trax inventory!