Park City Film Series’ drive-in movie experience gets ‘reel’
“Every time I have a date there’s only one place to go
That’s to the drive-in
It’s such a groovy place to talk and maybe watch a show
Down at the drive-in…” Beach Boys, 1964
There’s something about summer. The long days and warm nights make it easy to wax nostalgic about many things, including drive-in movies.
The Park City Film Series is bringing that memory back to life with it’s one drive-in movie night in Prospector Square on July 30.
The nonprofit will screen Christian Desmares’ and Franck Ekinci’s animated action film
“April and the Extraordinary World” on a big screen at Prospector Square, according to Executive Director Katharine Wang.
“We will show it at Lot K, which is at 1920 Prospector Ave.,” Wang told The Park Record. “It’s the lot… that backs up into the Marriott Hotel. ”
The film will be projected onto an inflatable screen on an eight-foot stage and there will be 35 spots available for cars for those who want that drive-in experience.
“There are height restrictions, so you can’t park your Sprinter Van in the front row,” Wang said with a laugh. “In fact, the taller cars will be placed in the back. But there are some VIP spaces available for premium pricing if you don’t want cars in front of you.”
Wang and her crew have plotted the car lot so there are clean sight lines.
“The cars will be staggered in their placement,” she said. “There will also be an area for people to bring a low-back chair or blankets to spread out with their kids if they want to walk, bike or take public transportation to the screening.”
Tickets are $9 per person without a car, $20 for a regular car spot (four people per car) and $30 for a VIP car spot.
“We’ll have amplified sound for the people who come without their cars and we’ll use a transmitter that will transmit the sound to the cars’ radios,” Wang said.
Tickets are available by visiting http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com, and those who want to sit in their cars to watch the film can pick their space.
In the event of inclement weather — rain or high winds — the movie will be moved to the Park City Library’s Jim Santy Auditorium at 1255 Park Ave.
“We encourage people to check the Park City Film Series Facebook page for weather updates,” Wang said.
“April and the Extraordinary World,” which won the Cristal award for Best Feature at the 2015 Annecy International Animated Film Festival, was selected because it’s summer.
“During the season, people watch more action and adventure films that are little on the lighter side,” Wang said. “We wanted to stay true to our independent-film roots and mission, so we picked this fantastic animated film from France.”
The story, based on a graphic novel, follows a girl named April whose parents, both scientists, were abducted at the turn of the century while they were trying to find this longevity serum.
“In fact, all of the scientists in the film were abducted in the late 1800s, so while the film is set in 1941, it’s still in a steampunk world because there were no scientists to invent things in the past 40 years,” Wang said. “It’s like a dystopian past.”
“April and the Extraordinary World,” rated PG, will be screened in English.
“We’ll have concessions including candy and prebagged popcorn and drinks,” Wang said. “And people are free to bring their own food and picnics.”
The Park City Film Series is also partnering with Prospector Square restaurants which will offer discounts and deals for those who are attending the film.
Good Karma and Ganesh will offer two-for-one entrees and Fuego and Este will offer a 10 percent discount for drive-in movie ticket holders from July 30 to Aug 5.
“We are definitely encouraging people to make a night of it and eat in the area restaurants before the film starts, or get take-away and eat during the movie,” Wang said.
The Park City Film Series has wanted to host a drive-in movie for a couple of years but had a hard time finding an appropriate space.
Earlier this year, the film series was introduced to the Prospector Square Property Owners Association through Nathan Sears.
Sears, who works with the Film Series, is also a member of the association.
“I’ve lived in Prospector Square for 15 years and am a member of the [Association] as well as my own HOA board,” he said. “One of my passions and long-term visions I and others saw is the potential of this neighborhood to be a place where people might come and hang out like they do on Main Street.”
When Wang told him about the drive-in movie idea, Sears thought the event would be great for Prospector Square.
“As far as I and other members of the association are concerned, we hope this is the first of many cultural and artistic kinds of activities and events we will have here in the square,” he said.
They got in touch with the Lot K owner and the stars aligned.
“It’s a cool little neighborhood in Park City that I think many people aren’t aware of, unless they live or work there,” Wang said. “I had my office there for the time the Park City Film Series moved to the Prospector Theater while the Park City Library was being renovated and I have good memories of being there.”
The Park City Film Series will host a drive-in movie event with a screening of “April and the Amazing World” on Saturday, July 30. The screening will start at dusk. Tickets are available by visiting http://www.parkcityfilmseries.com.
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