Featuring free movies
Public invited to outdoor theatre at Emera Centre Northside
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
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.