Pop-up outdoor drive-in theatre set up for Halloween-themed fundraiser for Surrey school

Fresh Air Cinema BC behind event at White Rock's Semiahmoo Park on Saturday, Oct. 29

'Monsters Inc.' is one of two films to be shown at White Rock's Semiahmoo Park on Saturday

WHITE ROCK — A “Halloween Drive-In” movie event will serve as a double-feature fundraiser for a Surrey elementary school.

The animated hit “Monsters Inc.,” along with the 1993 live-action family favourite “Hocus Pocus,” will be shown on a four-storey inflated screen in the parking lot of Semiahoo Park in White Rock.

Fresh Air Cinema BC is staging the event, on Saturday, Oct. 29, as a fundraiser for the PAC at Sunnyside Elementary school, where the son of company owner/operator Jason Bashnick is a student.

Close to 200 cars can fit in the parking lot for the event, Bashnick said, and tickets are priced at $20 per carload via the website Halloweendrivein.ca.

Calculate those numbers, and the event could raise a cool $4,000 for the school PAC.

The pop-up outdoor theatre is a local first for Fresh Air, which has staged similar Halloween events in Vancouver over the past two years.

The company is behind the long-running Stanley Park Evo Summer Cinema events, and hosts more than 150 outdoor movie nights across B.C. every summer.

At Semiahmoo Park on Oct. 29, “Monsters Inc.” will be shown starting at 6:15 p.m., followed by “Hocus Pocus” at 8:30 p.m.

CLICK HERE for details on the Fresh Air Cinema website.

The event’s title sponsor is South Surrey Smiles, and a free bag of popcorn comes with every ticket purchased, courtesy of realtor Kevin Basran.

A food concession will be open onsite, at 15782 Marine Dr., White Rock, behind the Washington Avenue Grill restaurant.

“My family and my business reside proudly in South Surrey,” Bashnick stated, “so I am personally excited to be able to bring a cool event to the area and help enhance the good work the Sunnyside Elementary PAC does at the school. It’s going to be a fun night.”

At a site in South Vancouver, the Halloween-themed movies include “Beetlejuice,” “Scream,” “Halloween,” “The Blair Witch Project” and four others, on Oct. 21, 22, 28 and 29. CLICK HERE for details about that series.

tom.zillich@thenownewspaper.com

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