Quaran-Streaming this Summer

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Drive-in theatre in Harrisburg, PA

While we’re all itching for some fun in the sun, it’s safe to say that summer will look a bit different this year. But fear not, our friends across Central PA have pivoted (could that word BE any more overused during this time?) to keep us entertained while quarantined.


Honestly, what says summer more than a drive-in? Lucky for us, Central PA is home to Harr’s Drive-In (Dillsburg) and Cumberland Drive-In (Newville) streaming family favorites and double-features every weekend. Check it out for a change of scenery and a break from binge-watching on your couch.

Several movie theaters have also been bringing their blockbusters outside, too. Penn Cinema (Lancaster) is showing classic movies like Grease and Back to the Future on their temporary big screen in the theater’s parking lot for the next two weeks. Penn Cinema is attached to Mick’s, so definitely order their legendary wings for a snack during the show!

Midtown Cinema, in partnership with Friends of Midtown, is also planning to create a series of outdoor/drive-in movie experiences this summer in Harrisburg. They’re still planning out details, so contact Stuart Landon if you’d like to help! In the meantime, Midtown Cinema has a fantastic library of movies you can rent to watch at home, too.

From stage to sofa

Our area’s robust art and theater communities have adapted to theater closures and show cancellations by virtually bringing their shows to your home.

Several theaters including Gamut Theatre Group (Harrisburg), Open Stage (Harrisburg), and Prima are streaming live performances and past recordings online.

Coming up, Gamut is hosting TMI Improv: LIVE Online! tomorrow night and Open Stage will share a recording from the final night of in-person rehearsals of The Diary of Anne Frank on Friday night.

The Best Seat in the House … is literally in your house.

Just like theaters across the country, musical artists have taken to live-streaming performances to stay connected to listeners and fans.

Musicians, bands and artists of all sizes are utilizing social media streaming like Twitter/Periscope, Facebook Live and Instagram Live to make up for canceled shows and tours.

While it’s not necessarily a big arena show, it’s still fun to hear stripped down and acoustic versions of your favorite songs. There’s of course way too many artists to list here, but definitely check the social media of your favorite artists to see how you can connect.

(Full disclosure: an artist I used to listen to when I worked at Hollister in 2009 gave me a shout out on a Twitter live-stream and I am still fan-girling over the mention. It’s the little things getting us through this, people!)

Happy streaming! Stay safe and hopefully see you all soon.

Sara Bozich
Author: Sara Bozich

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