Nacogdoches sees success with first drive-in movie hosted at airport

Dozens of folks in Nacogdoches got out to enjoy a drive-in movie experience over the weekend free of charge.

Nacogdoches sees success with first drive-in movie hosted at airport

NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - Dozens of folks in Nacogdoches got out to enjoy a drive-in movie experience over the weekend free of charge. For some who attended, they say it was a great way to get out in public and stay safe with the pandemic ongoing.

Since the start of the pandemic, Nacogdoches residents Dave and Vickie Wallace say they haven’t ventured out in public like they normally would. But on Saturday, they watched ‘Oh Brother, Where Are Thou,’ projected on an airplane hangar and tuned in via radio to hear it in their vehicle at the A.L. Mangham Jr. Regional Airport.

“I think everybody enjoyed being out and doing something that was sort of normal for a change and doing something safe while they did so,” Vicki Wallace said.

“We had automatic social distancing because you were in your car,” Dave Wallace said. "It was a perfect evening.

“We watched the movie and enjoyed that very much,” Sheri Williams said.

The drive-in movie was put on by the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau in conjunction with the City, airport, civil air patrol, Nacogdoches public library, and a variety of sponsors.

“We just felt the need from the community to be able to get out and return to some sense of normalcy,” Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau Sherry Morgan said.

Executive Director Sherry Morgan says 123 tickets were claimed for Saturday’s event. Free of charge because of the library’s help securing the national endowment for the arts big read grant. She says 85 people attended.

“It was a throwback to a better time. It got your mind off of COVID and the election and all of the stresses in your life,” Morgan said.

She says plans are in the works to have future showings.

“Saturday after Thanksgiving, and we are trying to confirm the licensing of The Nightmare Before Christmas,” she said. Our plan is every weekend in December to show a holiday film every Saturday."

And that seems picture perfect to the Wallace’s.

“It was very pleasant,” Vickie Wallace said. “Looking forward to more.”

At Saturday’s event, concessions were given out by the civil air patrol for around $1 to benefit their organization.

Morgan says because the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded by the Hotel-Occupancy Tax to market outside of the community, they must look at content that will not only draw in Nacogdoches residents but visitors, as well. She says that means the films will be of a more mature nature and have an appeal toward adults than children.

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