Walmart turning parking lots into drive-in theaters

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By Russ and Tiña De Maris
Savvy RVers have known there’s usually a place nearby when the shadows grow long and a place to overnight needs to be found: “Camp Walmart!” Overnight parking on many “Wally” parking lots is encouraged by the clever company. After all, they know you’ll probably load up on purchases before pulling out. But now, Walmart is adding another perk to their parking lots: Drive-in movies.

Starting in early August, 160 Walmart stores across the country will be transformed into drive-in theaters. Drive-ins complete with “to-your-car-window” concessions. Wonder if that means Bon-Bons? Surely there’ll be popcorn! The big retailer is billing the spectacle as “family-friendly.” Add to that, a safe refuge from coronavirus while still taking in hit movies. Walmart has aligned itself with outdoor theater company Tribeca. The two will run some 320 showings from August into October.

Just which Walmart locations and what films are being shown are secret. They’re as closely guarded as a starlet’s gown prior to Oscar night. And just how the parking lot will be laid out is also unclear. Maybe you’ll be able to roll your motorhome onto the back row of the theater, and hey! If you fall asleep, no problem – after all, it’s Camp Walmart.

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Tom
2 months ago

My mom would not buy presents unless made in USA. After a while she just gave money as it was too much for her to find places with USA made. She always said “I hope the money is USA made”.

Goldie
2 months ago

Hoping that the Drive-In Walmarts will still allow overnight RV parking. I can see that being considered a conflict with valuable parking area for the local autos that are their target.

Gene Bjerke
2 months ago
Reply to  Goldie

Best overnight parking is usually at the side of the building near the back; not a good place to set up a drive-in movie.

Norman G Tubb
2 months ago

Don’t know if the advertising is

Howard Jaros
2 months ago

2,600 miles in the past four weeks, and eight successful RV Wally-docking nights! Gotta love Walmart!! Shop, eat, and sleep.

Dennis
2 months ago
Reply to  Howard Jaros

And support “Made In China” !!!!

Tommy Molnar
2 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

That’s just about everywhere you go.

tommy
2 months ago
Reply to  Dennis

It makes sense that if Chinese products are discontinued soon that other and hopefully USA products will end up on the stores shelves. Crossing my fingers while *** (Bleeped for being rude.)

Rory R
2 months ago
Reply to  tommy

And the USA products will be at a price point that most won’t want to pay…..

Julia
2 months ago
Reply to  Howard Jaros

Bravo!!! Be nice to have a list of the ones which are OK.

shari prouhet
1 month ago
Reply to  Howard Jaros

New to all this. How do you learn which Walmart’s you can stay in? Thank you!

Roger B
1 month ago
Reply to  shari prouhet

Call ahead. Google Walmart near me. Then call.