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Rolling Stones concert film rocks Circle Drive-In in Dickson City with live opening acts on Aug. 15

Rolling Stones concert film rocks Circle Drive-In in Dickson City with live opening acts on Aug. 15
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From a press release:

Following a series of drive-in country shows across the country, The Rolling Stones are bringing classic rock to many of those same outdoor theaters this summer.

The Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City is one of them, showing “The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon,” a historic concert filmed in Cuba, on Saturday, Aug. 15.

Before the projected big-screen performance, Old Forge country band Flatland Ruckus and Scranton cover band The Wanabees will play live in-person on the concession stand rooftop for fans who show up early for the tailgate party starting at 5 p.m. The film will start at dusk, around 9 p.m.

Flatland Ruckus frontman Chris Shrive previously performed with other local country artists at the Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton events, and their sets were live streamed on the NEPA Scene, Flatland Ruckus, and Circle Drive-In Facebook pages.

Tickets, which are $80 per carload (up to six seat-belted occupants per vehicle), are on sale now via Ticketleap. For more details, visit the Facebook event page.

The Circle Drive-In (1911 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City) is following Department of Health recommendations and “adhering to safety protocols, mandatory face covering requirements, social distancing, and strict disinfecting and cleaning procedures.” Restrooms will be open with attendants on-site.

Anyone attending a drive-in movie or event must wear a face covering and practice social distancing. The concession stand will have limited selections and has put extra safety procedures in place.

CineLife Entertainment, a division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, partnered with U.K. content provider Eagle Rock to bring “The Rolling Stones: Havana Moon” to select drive-in theaters across the United States and Canada in July through September, observing specific state reopening guidelines.

“Havana Moon” documents The Rolling Stones’ free March 2016 concert at Ciudad Deportiva de la Habana sports complex, which had an estimated 500,000-person audience. This was a landmark event for rock ‘n’ roll in Cuba, as the genre was banned for decades following the Cuban revolution. As restrictions relaxed among lessened political tensions, The Rolling Stones performed the country’s largest open-air rock concert ever, which came five days after sitting U.S. President Barack Obama’s first visit to the country.

This film, directed by Paul Dugdale and produced by Simon Fisher, previously had a one-night international theater premiere and debuted in the U.S. on Starz. On July 10, 2020, the film will debut in drive-in theaters across the United States and Canada.

“I’m so thrilled that Havana Moon has found its way back onto the big screen, particularly during such a strange time for live music. The Rolling Stones concert was the first of its kind in Havana, and I hope the unprecedented absence of live music during the COVID-19 crisis means this film brings almost as much elation and joy to those watching it now through CineLife as it did the people of Havana back on that special night,” Dugdale stated. “Turn it up loud!”

“We think this is the perfect opportunity to bring The Rolling Stones to drive-in theaters everywhere for the first time ever. The Rolling Stones are an iconic band, and drive-in theaters will provide a unique experience for audiences everywhere. We couldn’t be more thrilled to launch this new film this summer as we look towards returning to theaters,” said CineLife Entertainment Executive Vice President Bernadette McCabe.

CineLife Entertainment acquires and distributes event cinema in the U.S., operating as a division of Spotlight Cinema Networks, the only cinema advertising company dedicated to serving the needs of art house and luxury exhibitors for cinema advertising, pre-show entertainment, event cinema, and digital display distribution. Spotlight, owned by Wagner-Cuban Companies and Arthouse Marketing Group, represents segment leaders including Angelika Film Center, Landmark Theatres, and Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas.