Enderby drive-in theatre announces opening night

Starlight Drive In Theatre will launch 2020 season with social distancing measures April 30

The Starlight Drive In Movie Theatre is set to launch its 2020 season Thursday, April 30, though things will look different this year due to added social distancing measures amid COVID-19. (Starlight Drive In photo)

Enderby’s Starlight Drive In Theatre is ready to open after putting in place extensive social distancing safeguards in light of COVID-19.

The outdoor theatre will kick off its 2020 season with a test weekend starting Thursday, April 30.

“As we prepare to open the Starlight Drive-In for the 2020 season, the province and country are in a very different place than the spring of 2019,” the Starlight team said in a Friday update on the theatre’s website.

The theatre has adjusted a number of its operations to meet all government regulations around social distancing, and is now counting on the public to follow instructions from Starlight staff.

“The success of our opening, and our ability to stay open will depend on the entire Starlight family pulling together and doing their part to ensure safe operations.”

Tickets are available online only and in advance starting Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. Ticket sales will not be available at the box office in order to minimize contact between staff and the public. The theatre says online tickets guarantee entrance but not a specific parking spot. The pricing structure has also been simplified for ease of online purchasing. Tickets range from $13.75 for individuals to $36 for families.

Capacity has been slashed by 50 per cent to allow each car to have 20 feet of parking space. Guests will be directed to park in the middle of each lot.

Opening the hatchback or parking trucks backward will still be allowed, but people must stay within their 20-foot stalls. Activities that were commonly allowed in previous years such as ball playing, dog walking and visiting between vehicles will not be allowed.

The theatre said the gates will be open only an hour before the start of the first show, shortening the total time spent at the drive-in.

READ MORE: Penticton Peach Festival cancelled due to COVID-19

READ MORE: Hints of COVID-19 relief for B.C. as restaurants, haircuts considered

A limited number of concession products will be available to start the season, though the list of available items may be expanded depending on the results of the test weekend.

“Strict social distancing measures will be in place, and guests are asked to send one person from their vehicle to concession to minimize risk,” the theatre said.

Washrooms inside the concession will also have social distancing measures in place, including a limited capacity and additional on-site porta-potties.

“We remain grateful that we are able to provide our community, many of whom are struggling, with one of the few forms of family entertainment that can be enjoyed—as an isolated family unit—without ever leaving the safety of your vehicle,” the theatre said.

“Please follow directions given by our team at all times, and be kind and patient with one another. We’re all working through this mess together.”

The movies for first weekend of the season are Sonic the Hedgehog and 1917. The double feature will run April 30 to May 4 and May 7 to 11.

“The success of our opening, and our ability to stay open will depend on the entire Starlight family pulling together and doing their part to ensure safe operations.”


Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at Brendan.Shykora@vernonmorningstar.com
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

CoronavirusMovies

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vernon rapper feeds the need amid Strange Times

NOX donates to Food Bank for every stream

Armstrong restaurant heading to Shuswap

Fairways Bistro at Royal York Golf Course closes due to COVID but will reopen in Salmon Arm

Fundraiser launched to support Vernon gym owners forced to close amid COVID-19

9Round Fitness in Vernon Square Mall owners announced permanent closure of facility May 25

Salmon River upgraded to flood watch, residents warned to protect property

Forecast of high temperatures, rain could lead to rapid rise in waters in North Okanagan, Shuswap

Reconsider downtown Vernon OD prevention site: city council

Several members of council voiced concerns about Interior Health’s expansion

B.C. records no new COVID-19 deaths for the first time in weeks

Good news comes despite 11 new test-positive cases in B.C. in the past 24 hours

Peachland recovery task force proposes larger patios

Several initiatives proposed by the Peachland COVID-19 recovery task force will go to council tonight

Fatal motorcycle crash on Highway 97 near Summerland

The incident involving a motorcycle happened just before 4 p.m.

BC Corrections to expand list of eligible offenders for early release during pandemic

Non-violent offenders are being considered for early release through risk assessment process

Fraser Valley driver featured on ‘Highway Thru Hell’ TV show dies

Monkhouse died Sunday night of a heartattack, Jamie Davis towing confirmed

B.C. visitor centres get help with COVID-19 prevention measures

Destination B.C. gearing up for local, in-province tourism

36 soldiers test positive for COVID-19 after working in Ontario, Quebec care homes

Nearly 1,700 military members are working in long-term care homes overwhelmed by COVID-19

Most Read