Brian Burgess (right) and his team, including John Hutchinson (left), built a drive-in movie screen at the Stonington ballfield. Opera House Arts will offer drive-in movies on weekends throughout the summer beginning July 10. PHOTO BY PAM GETTO

Drive-in theater to open in Stonington



STONINGTON — The show must go on – outdoors.

The Stonington Opera House has been closed since late March due to the pandemic, but the crew at Opera House Arts has come up with a new way to entertain and draw the community together. Beginning, next Friday, July 10, the nonprofit performing arts organization will be showing drive-in movies at the Stonington ballfield.

The movies will be projected on a newly built 20-by-30-foot screen. Showtimes are at 8:45 Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights through the summer. Short films on island life will precede the feature films. The first drive-in movie will be “The Call of the Wild,” a 2020 release based on the novel by Jack London and starring Harrison Ford. The PG-rated film tells the story of a dog named Buck, the rookie on a mail delivery sled team in the Yukon in the 1890s.

The drive-in was made possible by support from the town of Stonington and community members.

Gates will open at 7:30. There will be no parking after 8:40. Latecomers will not be admitted. Film audio will be broadcast over FM radio (station to be determined). Audience members can listen on their car radio or portable radio and are advised to check that their radio tunes to the correct frequency before purchasing tickets.

Tickets are $20 per car plus a $2 processing fee and must be purchased online through Opera House Arts’ website. Movie concessions will be sold at the time of ticket purchase and will be ready for patrons at the gate. Show-goers will be asked to show their ticket confirmation to staff upon entering. Staff will be on hand to guide audience members to socially distanced parking spots in the Stonington ballfield. No alcohol will be permitted on the premises.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all Opera House Arts staff will wear face masks at all times. Movie-goers must remain in their cars to watch the film and are asked to wear face masks if they need to leave their vehicles for any reason. Sitting outside of vehicles will not be permitted. Restroom facilities will be limited, so guest should plan accordingly.

Cyndi Wood

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Cyndi is managing editor of The Ellsworth American. The Ellsworth native joined the staff of The American in 2007 as a reporter.
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