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Enter ‘The Matrix’: Drive-in movies during a pandemic – The San Francisco Examiner

Have you tried dating during quarantine? Let me tell you how that goes:

Guys still try the rote “‘sup?” line on Grindr, OKCupid and other apps. “How are you” has been replaced with “How are you holding up?” And seemingly, there exist only three baseline first-date choices: a Zoom chat, a socially distant walk or a hookup. Pros and cons: I find guys less flaky and more emotionally engaged in a contracted romantic landscape. But being in extremes, they’re also super clingy if you tell them you aren’t free: “Guess you’re busy doing all that sheltering in place!”

I somehow achieved most of my goals for 2020, save for one that quickly became impossible: go see more movies. Today I’m happy to report progress on that front. Outdoor and drive-in movies have been showing at the West Wind Solano Drive In, and they’re soon coming to the 17th annual Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema. They also just premiered at one I checked out the past week: Fort Mason, and maybe this can be your next date choice after the video meetup.

“FORT MASON FLIX”— so it’s called — bills itself as San Francisco’s first drive-in theater, running a couple films on a big LED screen six days a week through Oct. 18 (although I bet they extend that). At Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, they show “a cornucopia of film programming, from family favorites to cult classics to blockbusters and arthouse cinema,” read a release sent by an editor, who enthusiastically asked I check it out and “include a cocktail.” Done and done.

I did actually hit up the West Wind not a week earlier to see D’Arcy Drollinger’s Frameline debut of “Shit Champagne,” which gave

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