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Walmart launching drive-in movie theaters at 160 stores amid COVID-19. Here’s how to reserve a parking space.

  • August 05, 2020

Walmart parking lots across the country are being transformed into drive-in theaters.

From Friday, Aug. 14 through Wednesday, Oct. 21, the retail giant will have 320 movie showings at 160 of its stores, including: “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Black Panther” as well as animated movies like “Cars” and “The Iron Giant.”

Walmart announced plans to show free movies in early July, which are being curated by the Tribeca Film Festival, and on Wednesday released the list of the movies with dates and cities where the movies would be shown.

Starting at 5 p.m. ET Wednesday, consumers can sign up to reserve a parking space for a viewing at www.thewalmartdrivein.com.

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“We recognize the challenges our customers and their families have faced over the last few months, and we wanted to create an experience where they could come together safely to create new memories,” Janey Whiteside, Walmart’s chief customer officer, said in a news release Wednesday. “The Walmart Drive-in is one small way we’re supporting the communities we serve.”

Before each movie, “one of a number of short films, including ‘Bilby,’ ‘Bird Karma,’ ‘Brooklyn Breeze,’ ‘CROW: The Legend,’ ‘Fire in Cardboard City,’ ‘INVASION!,’ ‘Looney Tunes’ Boo! Appetweet’ and ‘Marooned,'” Walmart said.

According to the company, Drew Barrymore will serve as virtual host for all events and will make a surprise in-person appearance at one location. Other special guests, who will make surprise virtual or in-person appearances, include Peter Berg, Jennifer Garner, LeBron James and Chrissy Metz.

Follow USA TODAY reporter Kelly Tyko on Twitter: @KellyTyko

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