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.
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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!

Chevy Madness Month with the Biggest College Basketball Tournament

It’s that time of the year again! The time when you can have a playful game with the office, with friends, with families, or just strangers. College basketball will consume most people’s lives for the new few weeks.

Sunday, March 17th is not only St. Patrick’s Day but it is Selection Sunday for the 2019 NCAA Tournament. March Madness Live will have the selection show from  6 to 7 PM ET and CBS will nationally broadcast it.

College basketball fans already got a taste from the NCAA men’s basketball Selection Committee of what the top four seeds in each may look like. During the third annual Bracket Preview Show they revealed Duke, Tennessee, Virginia and Gonzaga as the four projected No. 1 seeds.

Where to watch

Might as Well Bar & Grill
Might as Well Bar & Grill is the perfect place to enjoy the college basketball tournament with friends. It’s your local sports restaurant with a great atmosphere, friendly service, affordable prices!

Tavern 14

Your local Tavern 14 is the perfect place for any basketball or sports fan. The staff is very welcoming with the great Wilmington southern hospitality, with good bar food and many TV’s. You can also enjoy billiards, darts, skeeball or other adult games.

Banks Channel

“Live Like A Local” at Banks Channel and enjoy college basketball and enjoy trivia every Tuesday night! There are multiple flat screen TV’s perfect to watch the games on, great food options! It’s much more than just your typical restaurant!

Tournament Schedule

 

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Need a bracket? We have one for you! Download and print out this bracket! At the end of the tournament, send the bracket back to us on social media Twitter @JeffGordonSales, Instagram @JeffGordonChevrolet, Facebook @JeffGordonChevrolet using #ChevyMadness, whoever has the closest winning bracket will get a Jeff Gordon Chevrolet t-shirt and a Chevrolet Silverado Hoodie!

 

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Jeff Gordon Chevy Lives United by Giving Back

Employees Campaign to Raise Close to $30,000 for The United Way of Cape Fear

For over a decade, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet in Wilmington, NC has participated in United Way of the Cape Fear Area’s Community Giving Campaign.  Each year different events are hosted throughout a week long span that highlight the importance of community giving while offering employees activities that are fun and memorable.

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Barbara, Sharod, and Madison showing their support at the Candy Bar!

After winning the 2013 Spirit of Cape Fear Award, Jeff Gordon Chevrolet wanted to continue its fundraising efforts to assist others in the Wilmington Area.  After a Monday morning kickoff meeting, the week-long fundraiser commenced with a candy and cookie bar and a scratch off store with customized tickets that offered donated prizes from some local businesses such as Halligans, Breaktime, and Outback Steakhouse, as well as a few employees and their family members. In addition to the fun and prizes during campaign week, employees have the option of donating throughout the year by pledging a dollar amount of their choosing every pay period.   At the end of the week, the staff of Jeff Gordon Chevrolet totaled nearly $30,000 in donations and pledges to the United Way of the Cape Fear Area.

Some of the local programs that benefit from United Way Cape Fear Area are:

  • New Hanover County Blue Ribbon Commission: formed in 2008 to address growing concerns about youth violence in our area.
  • Hometown Hires: a collaborative initiative between private, public and nonprofit organizations that matches local individuals with local employers who want to help break the cycle of generational poverty in the Cape Fear Area.
  • 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness: a long-range, comprehensive plan to help both chronically homeless and non-chronic homeless people return to healthy and stable lives in permanent housing.

For more information on these programs and how to get involved with the United Way, please visit http://www.uwcfa.org.

Check out more photos from United Way Campaign Week here!