Quasar Drive-In Theater Featured in Documentary | local news

Jeff and Jenny Karls and their family and crew will star in a new drive-in documentary.

The Karls own the Quasar drive-in theater at 36 Nebraska Highway and 300th Street in Valley. The 540-car drive-in theater with a 25-foot screen is located between Fremont and Omaha.

A special screening of Going Attractions: Back to the Drive-In is scheduled for June 6th. The public is invited. Gates open at 6:30pm Showtime is at dusk.

Jeff Karls told the Tribune he hopes local residents will come to the show to see what the drive-in lifestyle is all about.

“A lot of people have questions about ‘why did you build a drive-in theater?’ and I think this film covers a lot of those points — the reasons we did it and the reasons people have been doing it for five years or six generations and their families keep doing it,” said Karls.

The Karls and Quasar are among the drive-ins and owners from California to Maine profiled in the documentary. The feature-length film chronicles a single night at each of 11 unique drive-in theaters across America.

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Shot over the summer of 2021 – across a cross-section of the country’s remaining drive-ins – the film sheds light on the struggles and realities of drive-in life and the families behind it.

Quasar – one of only a handful of newly built drive-in theaters – opened just six weeks before filming began.

The documentary is a sequel to April Wright’s Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-In Movie. The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes at drive-in theaters across eight states – from preparing before customers arrive, to selling tickets, opening the snack bar and watching the movie on screen.

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A documentary press release said the film focuses on the passionate people who run the drive-in theaters, the challenges many small businesses face, and sheds light on questions about the future of the theatrical experience.

Jeff Karls is a graphic designer and classic car enthusiast and his wife Jennifer is an architect. They have two sons, Max and Wes.

The Karls spent nearly seven years researching drive-in theaters and planning to build a new one in the Omaha area, the publication said.

After many false starts, they acquired land in 2017. They were able to purchase screens and concession equipment from the I-70 drive-in in Kansas City, Missouri when it suddenly lost its lease and had to close in 2018.

People may have doubted the Karls’ idea of ​​building a big, new drive-in theater, but “they suddenly weren’t so crazy” when the pandemic hit in March 2020.

After many obstacles, the Karls opened the drive-in cinema in May 2021 and are confident of showing their boys that “you can actually do anything you dream of”.

On Thursday, May 26th, the public is invited to a free screening of School of Rock, with the gates opening at 6:30pm and the film beginning at nightfall, which is approximately 8:45pm

This weekend, the drive-in cinema is showing the double feature of “Top Gun Maverick” and “The Lost City”. Tickets are available on the drive-in cinema website and at the box office. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children.

For more information about the theater visit: quasardrivein.com/.

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