The Cactus Drive-in Theatre Foundation found a dedicated following at their “pop-up” drive-in event July 16 and are planning another one for August 20. It will be held at the same temporary location on a property just south of the popular Mercado San Augustin. The movies were shown on the back of the two story structure owned by Tom Wuelpern.
Cox Communication and the Mercado San Augustin helped to sponsor the fundraiser for the new non-profit foundation. It was a capacity crowd with lots of excitement and a true feeling of community.
For those that did not get the opportunity to experience this unique outdoor cinema will have another opportunity in August. Below is a slideshow of just what you missed.
The film shown that night was Cloudy With A Touch of Meatballs chosen because of its significance to their foundation and because it was a very family friendly film. It was the last film shown at the DeAnza Drive-in the last night of operation. The film was projected that last night onto the giant cinemascope screen the Foundation was able to save from demolition. At the event the author of the book created from the screenplay spoke to the audience. Rhody Cohon is an award winning author and was contracted to write the junior novelization of the movie.
The Cactus Drive-in Theatre Foundation, Inc. is a new non-profit 501c3 corporation (Pending) and has plans to recreate a community oriented drive-in movie theatre in the city of Tucson. These outdoor pop-up showings are fundraisers for the organization. If you desire to help the foundation achieve its goals you can donate at their website: http://cactusdriveintheater.com/donate.html
More details about the upcoming drive-in event on August 20 will be featured in another article in the coming weeks. If you would like to see a great short current documentary about drive-ins please visit: http://tinyurl.com/3c57qqm
I hope to see YOU at the Cactus Drive-in Theatre event August 20th.