The Trail & District Arts Council and The Royal Theatre have joined forces toimagine your new, favourite summer experience, the Silver Screen Drive-in. Running from June 18 to Sept. 25, filmswill screen Thursday through Saturday at duskin the Waneta Plaza upper parking lot.
Building on the history of the Auto-Vue Drive-in, which ran in the same area from 1952 to 2003, this collaborationwill bring the best in blockbuster and independent movies and more to Trail on a 40-foot inflatable screen!
The project came about due to COVID-19 restrictions preventing the Royal Theatre and Trail & District Arts Council from putting on their usual programming. Adrive-in event is one that has been allowed to operate throughout the pandemic and is something that enables both organizations to continue to bring entertainment to the area. As well, the event will help businesses by bringing people into Trail from local surrounding areas to enjoy dinner beforehand and will be an ongoing project in the future to help attract visitors. The start-up equipment for the drive-in was purchased with grant funds from BC Arts Council’s PIVOT program, which aims to help arts organizations adapt to the times and find low-risk ways
Lisa Milne, owner of The Royal Theatre, says, “We see the event as something that will be fun, affordable and safe for attendees during this time. We know people are missing those magicalshared experiences, which have beendifficult during COVID. We want to bringback the nostalgia of going out to a drive-in and snuggling up with your sweetie, or introducing your children to films you loved when you were a kid.”
Nadine Tremblay, Executive Director of the Trail Arts Council added, “We spent a lot of time thinking about the name to make sure it reflected both what we were doing and the history of the area. Silver Screen Drive-in fits perfectly as it makes people think of old Hollywood glam, the glow of the screen before a film starts and, even more importantly, it touches on our own history as the Silver City.”
Upcoming films will include those event movies that you’ve missed seeing on a big screen, retro classics from comedy to horror, as well as those Sunday Cinema favourites andOscar winning independent films and documentaries. We will also be featuring recorded concerts, dance, and theatre performances, putting much needed revenues into artists pockets.
The Drive-in will roar into high gear on the first weekend with family favourites E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on Friday, June 18 and Sonic The Hedgehog on Saturday June 19. The following weeks have a wide range of films confirmed that include: Minari, American Graffiti, Wonder Women 1984, Alone Across The Arctic, Strange Brew, Detective Pikachu 2D, the Father, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Croods: A New Age, The Goonies, and Tenet.
Under the current health restrictions attendance will be limited with tickets costing $12 per person. Tickets on sale starting Monday, June 7at thebailey.ca.
The Silver Screen Drive-in is sponsored by Bounce Radio, Century 21, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Teck Metals Ltd. and Tourism Rossland, and made possible thanks to support from Waneta Plaza and funding from the Government of British Columbia, BC Arts Council, and Canadian Heritage.
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