Gateway Convention Center Converts to a Drive-In Movie Theatre This July

The City of Collinsville’s Parks & Recreation Department and the Gateway Convention Center have partnered to produce two drive-in movie nights in the rear parking lot at Gateway Convention Center on Saturday, July 11 and Saturday, July 18.

“Due to COVID-19 and the state’s restrictions on gatherings, we cannot host our ‘normal’ events,” said Jamie Lane the Director of Sales & Marketing at the Gateway Convention Center.  “After our teams collaborated, we decided to utilize our large parking lot to produce two family-friendly drive-in movie nights for the community to enjoy.  The cars will be generously spaced and the attendees can listen to live music and a movie from the comfort of their vehicle by dialing into a designated radio channel.”

Families are welcome to bring their own food and beverages.  Concessions will be available for purchase.  Due to COVID restrictions and the safety for all, only credit cards will be accepted as a form of payment for entry and concessions. Cash will not be accepted.  Bathrooms will be available on-site.  Guests will be required to wear facial coverings while in the building as well as any time that 6’ of physical distance cannot be maintained.  Guests may bring lawn chairs to sit outside their cars.  Registration is $20.00 per car in advance online, or $30.00 per car on the day of the event.  Admission includes access to both the band and the movie.  Advanced tickets are encouraged.  Parking will be based on a first-come, first-serve basis with entry beginning at 5:30pm.

Saturday, July 11, 2020
Performance by Strange Buffalo at 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM
Pokémon Detective Pikachu at 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Saturday, July 18, 2020
Performance by Straight 6 at 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM
The Secret Life of Pets 2 at 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit https://apm.activecommunities.com/collinsvilleparkandrec/Activity_Search.

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