Park City Film Series brings back the drive-in experience |

Park City Film Series brings back the drive-in experience

‘Proximity’ screening starts at dusk

Park City Film Series is bringing back the drive-in movie experience to Prospector Square.
(Tanzi Propst/Park Record)

There is nothing like going to a drive-in movie on a warm summer night. And there is nothing like watching a surfing documentary at that drive-in.

The Park City Film Series will combine both when it presents Taylor Steele’s “Proximity” at dusk on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Prospector Lot K.

“The film runs 60 minutes and is kind of a meditation on surfing,” said Park City Film Series Executive Director Katharine Wang. “The film pairs four of the world’s best surfers with four of the sport’s upcoming athletes.”

The cast includes Kelly Slater, John Florence, Shane Dorian, Stephanie Gilmore, Dave Rastovich, Rob Machado, Craig Anderson and Albee Layer.

“You seen them surfing in different places of the world as well as talking about the sport,” Wang said. “It’s great to hear how each of them came to surfing, and their evolutions. And you also hear of their aspirations within the sport in this cool interplay.”

“Proximity” was produced by Teton Gravity Research in association with Garage Productions.

“The cinematography is unbelievable,” Wang said. “Taylor Steele gives you all of these different viewpoints on someone catching a wave. You don’t have to know too much about surfing to appreciate the craft.”

This is the second summer the Park City Film Series has presented a drive-in movie experience.

“Last year was the first time we did a drive-in movie, and, in fact, it was the first time one had every been tried in Park City,” Wang said. “I had spoken with Alison Kuhlow, the vice president of membership and visitor services in Park City and she said there have been murmurings of doing one, but it never got off the ground.”

Like last year, this year’s screening will take place in Lot K at Prospector Square.

“We found a great place through the Prospector Square Homeowners Association, who allowed us to use the lot, which is kitty corner to Freshies on Prospector Ave,” Wang said. “It’s the perfect location, because it’s surrounded by businesses, which gives the area a canyon effect where it keeps the sound in, but funnels it to the back of the lot.”

The Park City Film Series will create a drive-in experience with a large inflatable screen, and the sound will be piped into the cars through the radio.

“We have an FM transmitter that KPCW’s Roger Crawford loaned to us,” Wang said. “We’ll also have portable speakers for people who will be seated in the grassy area in front of the screen.”

That area will be reserved for moviegoers who choose not to drive their cars.

“They will be able to set up blankets and low-back chairs on the grass and carpet that will be laid down in front of the screen,” Wang said. “We don’t want people to feel they have to drive a car to attend.”

For those who want to drive, Lot K has spots for 35 cars.

“There are height restrictions for the cars,” Wang said. “If you have a very tall car, you won’t be able to park in the first rows.”

Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the gate. They can be purchased by visiting

“There is special pricing for cars, because it’s based on a two-person-per-car occupancy,” Wang said. “If you go to our website, you can select the places you want. And we have premium pricing for the front row.”

Hosting the drive-in experience brings attention to the Prospector area.

“It’s an interesting neighborhood that has been underutilized,” Wang said. “We hope that people go to restaurants for dinner and then walk to the screening. People who buy tickets in advance will be able to take advantage of discounts at Este Pizza, Fuego, Freshies, Good Karma and the DEN at Park City Marriott.”

The Park City Film Series will present some additional activities prior to the screening.

“We’ll present the Snyderville Electric Band, which is a cover band featuring former Park City Film Series programmer George Dymalski,” Wang said. “Park City Stand Up Paddle Boarding is the lead sponsor along with the Prospector Square Homeowners Association, and we’ll have some fun give-aways from the Park City Stand Up Paddle Boarding as well as the Teton Gravity Research.”

In addition, attendees will also get a chance to enter and opportunity drawing for a trip for two to Rincon, Puerto Rico, standup paddleboard rentals, One Wheel rentals, items from the Proximity Tour sponsors, a surf board from one of the athletes in the film, and a custom board-shaping experience.

“We want to make this a fun event like we had last year when we screened ‘April and the Extraordinary World,’” Wang said. “It’s a fun and little bit nostalgic thing to do. We just ask that people not bring their dogs to the screening.”

Park City Film will present a drive-in movie screening of Taylor Steele’s surf documentary “Proximity,” not rated, at dusk p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at Lot K in Prospector Square. Advance tickets are $12 per carload or $15 at the door. There is also premium pricing for VIP front-row cars. For information and tickets, visit