Drive-in movie

Hannah Stiff, Layla Lopez, Uriajah Lopez, Jaxon Lopez and Jackson Fitch get settled in for the drive-in movie.

With COVID-19 restrictions, many events in the city of Yucaipa  were canceled this summer. One new event, the Drive-in Movie was created in lieu of the traditional Movies in the Park.

On Wednesday evenings the parking lot at the Seventh Street Pool is transformed into an old school drive-in movie theatre. The screen may not be as large as a traditional movie theatre, but the fun certainly was last week. Vehicles  park over 6 feet apart and participants were asked to remain in or near their vehicles.

Young attendee Jackson Fitch sat outside the family SUV and awaited the “Star Wars, Rise of Skywalker” movie. He brought a special Star Wars pillow to keep him company. “I got a rainbow snowcone, too!” he exclaimed.

Kona Ice vendor sold popcorn, shave ice and snacks and some families brought in their own snacks.   

Community Services Coordinator Tim Hicks was excited about the turnout for the second Drive-in Movie of the season.

“There’s much more people this week,” said Hicks. “It’s nice.”

Attendees concurred.

“Thank you Ms. Johnson and the city of Yucaipa for planning this drive-in movie event,” said attendee Amber Dawn. “My family and I had such a fun time viewing ‘Star Wars’ last night. It was nice to attend a community event that also took into account social distancing.”

“The city of Yucaipa Community Services Department hosted the second Drive-in Movie tonight,” said Mary Johnson, Community Services Supervisor. “We got to see some familiar faces tonight and many new ones.

“We will continue to host our annual Movies in the Park as Drive-in Movies at the Seventh Street Pool parking lot. At this time, we can accommodate up to 50 vehicles due to the size of our screen and the size of our parking lot. Pre-registration is required but we also encourage residents that have not registered to come and wait in line as we release all available spots at 7:45 p.m.”

The venue is well planned out. Guests are asked to tune in to 92.1 FM and city staff directs vehicles on where to park.

The remaining summer 2020 lineup includes:

July 1          “How to Train Your Dragon 3”

July 8            “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids”

July 15           “Pets 2”

July 22           “Frozen 2”

July 29          “Toy Story 4”

There is no charge for the drive-in movie. Registration information is available at Yucaipa.org/recreation. Call Yucaipa Community Center at 790-7460 for more information.

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