Fea­tur­ing free movies

Public in­vited to out­door theatre at Emera Cen­tre North­side

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS | NORTHSIDE/VICTORIA - BY JULIE COLLINS jcollins@cb­post.com NORTH SYD­NEY

Be­gin­ning this Wed­nes­day and con­tin­u­ing each Wed­nes­day un­til the end of Au­gust, the side park­ing lot of the Emera Cen­tre North­side will be trans­formed into an out­door movie theatre.

Ad­mis­sion is free and open to ev­ery­one. Do­na­tions will be ac­cepted.

Movies be­gin at dusk. In the event of rain, the movie will be post­poned to the fol­low­ing night.

In 2014, the Emera Cen­tre pur­chased a 20x11-foot screen and a pro­jec­tor with money do­nated by Emera, the par­ent com­pany of Nova Sco­tia Power, to cover the ini­tial setup.

“Last year was a first for us, so there was a lot of plan­ning and we only got ap­proval a week ago to go ahead with the pro­ject,” said Lyn­don John­ston, who serves on the 12-mem­ber board of di­rec­tors. “We did five nights last sum­mer, and be­cause of the suc­cess and the pos­i­tive feed­back from the com­mu­nity, we’ve ex­panded it to eight nights.”

John­ston said the board was pleas­antly sur­prised at the suc­cess of movie night.

“It was a fab­u­lous night out and great for the kids. Our goal con­tin­ues to be to pro­vide a whole­some fam­ily night out in safe sur­round­ings. Peo­ple re­ally re­sponded and we want to keep it go­ing.”

This year the board se­cured nine lo­cal spon­sors to cover the cost of the li­cences.The spon­sors are listed on the Emera Cen­tre North­side web­site.

“When the movie comes on, we’ll show­case our spon­sors, it’s be­cause of them that this event is still free.”

On movie night, peo­ple are asked to bring their own chairs or blan­kets, park their ve­hi­cles in the front park­ing lot and walk around to the side park­ing lot.

Full can­teen ser­vices will be avail­able at a rea­son­able cost.

“The can­teen will be open an hour be­fore the movie be­gins. We didn’t change the prices of the con­ces­sions from last year, I think you can get a pop­corn and pop for around $5,” John­ston said. “The whole idea is to make it pos­si­ble for all fam­i­lies to come out and en­joy the movies, which are chil­dren-ori­en­tated. We are hop­ing as many as pos­si­ble will show up.”

John­ston was de­lighted to see the com­mu­nity em­brace movie night.

“There were a lot of young chil­dren, two and three years of age and younger watch­ing the movie, some in their py­ja­mas,” he said. “Peo­ple couldn’t wait for it to be­gin again this year. We (the board) were re­ally pleased with the turnout last year and ex­pect it to be even more this year.”

“It was a fab­u­lous night out and great for the kids. Our goal con­tin­ues to be to pro­vide a whole­some fam­ily night out in safe sur­round­ings. Peo­ple re­ally re­sponded and we want to keep it go­ing.” Lyn­don John­ston, mem­ber, board of di­rec­tors, North­side Com­mu­nity Civic Cen­tre So­ci­ety

JULIE COLLINS/CAPE BRE­TON POST

In this Cape Bre­ton Post file photo, Jim MacNeil, left, and Lyn­don John­ston, mem­bers of the North­side Com­mu­nity Civic Cen­tre So­ci­ety, are shown in the side park­ing lot of the Emera Cen­tre North­side.

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