Sundance Film Fest Halts Drive-In Screenings after Coronavirus Surge

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Sundance Film Festival has canceled its 2021 drive-in screenings in Southern California as the region sees a record-breaking surge in coronavirus cases.

“Due to the terrible situation with the pandemic in Los Angeles, we have made the difficult decision…

“…to cancel our drive-ins in LA. We will be evaluating our other satellite screens on a case by case basis based on public health,” Sundance representatives told media.

The festival, which runs January 28 to February 3, chose a semi-virtual option instead of its traditional exhibition in Park City, Utah.

With this new strategy, the film lineup was set to screen films in the traditional Utah ski town as well as on screens and drive-ins in 24 states and regions throughout the country.

I Was a Simple Man, May Day, Together Together, Wild Indian and Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It are just some of the films to hit the Sundance circuit.

The announcement comes as Los Angeles County officials identified 13,512 new coronavirus cases and 224 deaths related to the infectious disease.