Mulmur Movie Nights begin Friday
Mansfield Outdoor Centre has hung a giant movie screen on their barn to create a pop-up drive in theatre.
This weekend, there will be two showings of the 1987 classic The Princess Bride.
“It’s a perfect fun family movie because it works for everybody, boys, girls, parents,” said organizer Jeanette McFarlane. “I think a family having fun together is a great way to create summer memories in a summer that you can’t have.”
McFarlane said there is plenty of room so people can safely distance, and watch the movie from the comfort of their vehicle, with the people in their bubble.
She said she pitched the idea to Mulmur council and the community events committee, the latter of which is on hiatus due to the pandemic. She was able to secure some funding and volunteer support to make the event happen. She was then able to get sponsorships from a number of local businesses.
Mansfield Outdoor Centre will be volunteering to assist people as they arrive and get them situated. Because the event will be conducted in a safe way, following COVID-19 protocols, there will be a lot of signage and information available on how to navigate the event. There will be a concession stand in the main lodge selling popcorn, goodies and beverages but people are encouraged to go to Superburger in Shelburne – one of the early sponsors of the event – or another restaurant for take-out. People will be asked to wear masks and practice physical distancing.
Organizers are bringing in an FM transmitter and professional grade projection equipment to broadcast the movies. They say so far, response from the community has been very positive.
“The momentum is picking up. The community is really coming together – people, small businesses – everybody wants to see something happen, and also make something happen,” said McFarlane.
The Princess Bride will be shown on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25. Gates will open at 8:30 p.m. Showtime is at 9 p.m.
The following weekend, on July 31 and August 1, two different movies will be shown. The titles have yet to be announced but McFarlane said they could be about a superhero, and maybe a magic boy who goes off to boarding school.
Tickets are now on sale. The cost is $40 per vehicle. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket will go to the Dufferin Community Foundation, in order to support the organization and their efforts to support smaller charities.
For tickets, details, and a list of event sponsors, find Mansfield Outdoor Centre on Facebook, or search Mulmur Movie Nights at www.eventbrite.ca.