UPDATE, Friday, May 15: The Dreamland is currently working with the Town of Nantucket and several other island entities to secure a home for The Dreamland Drive-In this summer. We hope to have some great news soon. Please read below for complete details. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
NANTUCKET DREAMLAND SEEKS NEW HOME FOR DRIVE-IN AFTER RAISING NEEDED FUNDINGAfter completing a Go Fund Me campaign that exceeded its goal, raising in excess of $175,000 and counting, The Dreamland is now seeking a new home for a proposed drive-in. Though originally intended to be built at Bartlett’s Farm, ongoing discussions over the course of the campaign identified previously unknown issues, and both parties decided the Dreamland Drive-In would be better served at another location.
It is with that in mind, Executive Director Joe Hale along with The Dreamland’s board of directors and staff are actively seeking alternative venues for the summer season. Conversations and negotiations about several locations are underway with several entities and representatives of the Town of Nantucket are being consulted as the process moves along. As soon as an agreement is in place a public announcement will be made.
“We thank the Bartlett family for the many hours spent trying to work through this process with The Dreamland, and appreciate the potential difficulties the scope of this project would have caused their operations,” said Hale. “We are confident, however, The Dreamland will secure a different site for the drive-in to which nearly 500 of our year-round and seasonal residents have contributed. We are eager to share this news with you and will do so as soon as possible.” Meant to accommodate upcoming social-distancing guidelines set by the State of Massachusetts and Town of Nantucket this summer, The Dreamland Drive-In will not only offer a safe option for gathering, it will fill an immediate need for the residents of Nantucket, all while creating an island tradition we hope to enjoy for years to come. Dates of operation are still expected to be late-June through at least September of this year. An appropriate projector has been selected and will project onto an approximately 40x20 foot constructed screen, meeting all safety and Town-issued guidelines. The projector necessary to play first-run DCP formatted films cost after shipping close to $70,000, and a semi-permanent screen set to be constructed by a licensed island builder has been quoted at just over $50,000. The remaining funds raised will be paid toward a lease agreement with the landowner as well as various other start -up costs, including a projector shed, power and venting needs, bathroom facilities, and more. Sound will not be projected through large speakers, but rather transmitted via FM transmitters and received in patrons’ vehicles, or by utilizing a cellular phone application. Admission fees for first-run and repertoire films are still under consideration at this time. These will be based on the availability of first-run commercial films this summer, among other factors. Screenings, weather permitting, will begin at dusk (approximately 8:45pm to begin and shifting earlier as the days get shorter). The Dreamland hopes to offer limited concessions, sweatshirts and fleece blankets before and during screenings. In the event The Dreamland is unable to secure a secondary location for the drive-in, the funds raised via the Go Fund Me campaign will be returned to the donor upon request. Any remaining gifts donated to The Dreamland will be used to help maintain The Dreamland’s most basic operations during this unprecedented time.
(Normally) open 365 days a year, The Dreamland relies on the Nantucket community to remain open and continually bring engaging and exciting programming to our shores. The leadership team is currently awaiting word from Governor Charlie Baker’s office and the Town of Nantucket on the guidelines and requirements needed to reopen The Dreamland’s 17 South Water Street facility in a safe manor.
“As with many other organizations and businesses across the Commonwealth, we eagerly await the re-opening guidelines and will follow every directive to the letter,” added Hale. “This community’s continued support will make it possible for our staff to implement creative programming such as the drive-in, as well as possible new uses and initiatives for The Dreamland itself. All these efforts speak directly to our mission, and we could not be prouder to work for our community during these difficult and certainly different times. We especially want to thank our incredibly generous community for making our drive-in dream a reality.” A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Dreamland builds community on Nantucket year-round by bringing people together to share experiences through art, culture, film, and learning. For more information about becoming a member of the Dreamland, or to learn more, visit us at www.nantucketdreamland.org
April 29: The Dreamland Drive-In Go Fund Me campaign has reached and exceeded its goal in less than six days! THANK YOU, Nantucket! THANK YOU to the more than 450 donors that contributed and to everyone that has shared and spread the word about this community-centered project. A special thanks to our matching donor Seth Bernstein and his family whose $25,000 contribution brought us over our goal. These extra funds will cover any unexpected start-up costs! Stay tuned for additional news and updates as details are finalized and construction begins!
NANTUCKET DREAMLAND LAUNCHES FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO OPEN DRIVE-IN MOVIE THEATER FOR SUMMER 2020 & BEYOND
The Dreamland’s staff and board of directors in partnership with the Bartlett Family are pleased to announce the development of the The Dreamland Drive-in. Expected to accommodate up to 80 cars as well as a socially-distanced lawn seating area, The Dreamland has launched a Go Fund Me campaign seeking to raise an estimated $139,000 for the construction, projection equipment and associated opening costs. These costs include $67,000 for a suitable projector capable of playing both first-run and classic films, while providing a clear and bright picture for our patrons. The screen is expected to cost up to $50,000 and is currently in the design phase.
Meant to accommodate upcoming social-distancing guidelines set by the State of Massachusetts and Town of Nantucket this summer, The Dreamland Drive-In will not only offer a safe option for gathering, it will fill an immediate need for the residents of Nantucket, all while creating an island tradition we will enjoy for years to come.
“In these extremely challenging times we’ve all been forced to become very creative, and it’s with that in mind the idea for the drive-in was conceived,” said Dreamland Executive Director Joe Hale.
Dates of operation are expected to be June through September. Details on The Drive In should be announced shortly but will feature a 40x20 foot constructed screen, meeting all safety and Town-issued guidelines.
Sound will not be projected through large speakers, but rather transmitted via an FM transmitter and received in patrons’ vehicles, or by utilizing a cellular phone application.
Ticket prices are expected to be charged per person, with a preference that all tickets be purchased electronically, and are expected to come in around $10 for adults; $5 for children.
There is expected to be one screening held each evening, weather permitting, beginning at dusk (approximately 8:45pm to begin and shifting earlier as the days get shorter).
The Dreamland plans on offering limited concessions, sweatshirts and fleece blankets before and during screenings, though may require electronic advance purchase.
“We've begun telling some folks about our plans and to a person everyone we’ve spoken to has reacted positively to the idea of a drive-in at the farm, but we need everyone’s help to accomplish our goal and get this drive-in up and running,” added Hale. “All donors will received a custom, commemorative car sticker to show that you supported this community effort.”
Drawings of the layout will be made public as soon as they are completed.
(Normally) open 365 days a year, The Dreamland relies on the Nantucket community and giving organizations to remain open and continually bring engaging and exciting programming to Nantucket’s shores.
A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Dreamland builds community on Nantucket year-round by bringing people together to share experiences through art, culture, film, and learning. For more information about becoming a member of the Dreamland, or to learn more, visit us at www.nantucketdreamland.org