2. What do people think about doing a screening at a Drive-In?
3. What are people's thoughts on how to handle the possibility of bad weather on the day of the screenings should it occur?
We had a discussion here in Charlotte about using the local drive-in theater. It would definitely be a unique venue.
But we had some concerns of our own. Our main goal in 2008 was to develop more of a "shindig" feel to the event. We had always felt rushed into and out of the theater and rarely got a chance to really mingle. Having everyone sitting in their respective cars didn't offer much an opportunity for mingling. Of course people could always get out of their cars and mill around the theater grounds. But most likely they would be the Browncoats who are outgoing. Our more reserved members would likely stay in their cars and therefore never get a chance to make new friends. That could also affect any auction or merchandise sales too.
Our other concern was the weather. In two out of the three years we've held charity screenings, we've been inundated with bad weather just as our shindig commenced. And I don't mean a little sprinkle -- we had some massive gutter-cleaners. Rain wouldn't necessarily force us to cancel our event at a drive-in, but it would certainly guarantee that EVERYONE stays in their car.
That said, your experience might be completely different. It all depends on your goals for your screening. And what your area's typical summer weather is. Incidentally, where are you located?