Even though drive-in theatres are a thing of the past in Greater Trail, Kootenay Savings “Movie Night in the Park” just might bring a sense of nostalgia for parents and a new experience for the kids.
The sixth annual family movie night at Haley Park returns Friday with a screening of Disney’s “Wreck-it Ralph” on a three-storey mobile screen.
“I can remember going to the drive-in in high school,” said Aron Burke, community relations coordinator for Kootenay Savings. “Movie night is a way to bring your kids to something fun outside, and give back to the community.”
Movie night is free to all, however the donation of a non-perishable food item is requested.
“The night is for the community and geared to kids as a back-to-school event,” said Burke. “Donating a food item teaches kids a little about giving back with Mom or Dad there to explain why they are bringing food.”
Last year, movie night in Haley Park had 2,200 people attend, and garnered 1,600 pounds of food for the Salvation Army Food Bank. “I think the food bank has come to rely on us to stock its shelves this time of year,” said Burke. “With Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up, movie nights are a great way to help out.”
The movie will hit the big screen at dusk (7-7:30 p.m.) and the park’s concession and washroom facilities will be open.
There will be an area designated for parking and families are asked to bring a lawn chair, warm clothing and blankets.
“There is tons of space and as long as you are in Haley Park, you can see and hear the movie,” said Burke.
“Wreck-it Ralph” is a family-friendly film that tells the story of an arcade game villain (Ralph) who rebels against his role and dreams of becoming a hero.
Since the first movie night in Trail in 2008, the event has gained popularity each year. Last year officials recorded roughly 3,500 people attending the fundraiser across all three participating communities in Trail, Kimberley and Nakusp.