Branch County drive-in reopens despite virus rules

The Associated Press

Coldwater – Burt Reynolds and Jackie Gleason were on the big screen as a drive-in movie theater in southern Michigan reopened, despite business shutdowns during the coronavirus.

Capri Drive-In co-owner Susan Magocs said she needs to make money but still can keep visitors safe. The theater’s two screens opened Friday night near Coldwater in Branch County.

“We don’t want to cause trouble. We are just trying to make a living,” Magocs said.

Capri Drive-In offered “Smokey and the Bandit,” “Jurassic Park,” “Trolls World Tour” and “Sonic The Hedgehog.”

Magocs cut capacity by 50%. The county health department warned her against reopening, WOOD-TV reported.

“You never have to get out of your car if you don’t want. How safe is that?” Magocs said.

Customers were pleased.

“My husband has a business and we know that it’s hard for people right now. If we can get out and still be safe then why not do it and enjoy it,” said Stephanie Freiny.