Drive-in theatre rolls into Mattawa

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This Sunday at 9 p.m. Mattawa is hosting its first drive-in movie, and if “it’s successful, I don’t see why we won’t do it again,” explained Renee Paquette, the town’s recreation manager.

Tickets are available at the information centre, and for $20 you can “fill your car” with cinephiles and take in the original 1995 Jumanji starring Robin Williams.

Paquette decided on the film after posting a few choices on Facebook, and “everyone responded to Jumanji.”

“So, let’s go old school,” she enthused, and give the people what they want.

Horizon Drive-In, a Sudbury based company, is bringing the screen and providing the gear to produce the show, and “they’re going to be setting up at an old sawmill, right off of Highway 17,” at the Old Tembec location, Paquette said.

Anderson Trucking owns the land, she added, and they are sponsoring the event.

“He’s brushed out the entire space to hold up to 200 cars,” Paquette said, so “hopefully lots of people will come” for the show.

The town has hosted outdoor movies before, but this is the first for the drive-in experience. “Covid inspired the drive-in piece of it,” she said.

Besides filling your car with viewers, film fans are welcome to bring food and drink. For those who forget or require more snacks upon arrival, a canteen will be on site.

“You can’t go to the movies these days for $20 bucks” she joked, and she’s hoping for a good turnout.

“A drive-in is not something that you see a lot anymore, so we’re pretty excited.”

David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca

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