Bringing back an activity that has re-gained popularity amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Crossfield is hosting a drive-in movie screening at the Crossfield Rodeo Grounds on Aug. 13.
Eris Latham, the Town’s recreation and events coordinator, said the municipality was eager to provide another drive-in movie event, after a successful showing last summer.
“We did a movie in August of last year at the Crossfield community centre and had a pretty decent turnout for that,” she said. “Up until restrictions were lifted, we weren’t able to offer it again, but once they were lifted, one of the first things we did was call the film company to see if we could get this going.
“[Drive-in movies] seemed to be a pretty popular event during COVID, and we’re just trying to bring a little normalcy back and have people gather again.”
The featured film will be Honey, I Shrunk the Kids – a 1989 comedy featuring Rick Moranis. The film is about a scientist and inventor, whose ray gun accidentally shrinks his children down to the size of insects.
“I chose something that would be nostalgic for parents whose children may have not seen it, but it’s still very entertaining,” Latham said. “The whole idea of a drive-in is a bit nostalgic for us 1980s babies.”
According to Latham, the 10 p.m. showing will be preceded by a 15-minute fireworks display at 9:45 p.m. However, the fireworks will be dependant on whether or not a fire ban is in effect in Rocky View County at the time.
If a ban is in place, she said the fireworks will be postponed until a later date.
“It’s not looking so super, but we’re hoping we get a little bit of moisture so we can have the show go on,” she said.
The Town of Crossfield is subsidizing the event, and registration is not required to attend. Latham said attendance will not be capped, but will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
She added the way the rodeo grounds are set up, all attendees should have a decent view of the screen.
“It’s a fairly decently sized space,” she said. “All the audio will be coming through an FM transmission, so you will need to be in an automobile to hear the show.”
A concession stand will also be available, according to Latham, while porta-potties will be onsite as well.
With public health restrictions now lifted province-wide, Latham said the Town of Crossfield is looking forward to bringing back its full slate of recreation events and programs in the weeks and months to come.
“This will hopefully be the beginning of a lot more rec programs to come to Crossfield,” she said. “It’s been a very slow year as far as events go, but we’re hoping to bring it all back – bigger and better – for the rest of 2021 and into 2022.”