By JOY BROWN
On Saturday night, Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman, and a lot of plastic pieces in primary colors will be seen at the Cube recreation center on Findlay’s North Main Street.
“The Lego Movie” is scheduled be shown beginning at 9:25 p.m. in the parking lot of the recreation center as its inaugural drive-in movie. To pull this off, Cube staff will need decent weather and a screen. A really, really big screen.
Luckily, a pleasant summer evening is predicted, and the city has hired a company to set up a 32-foot-high inflatable screen, which will be placed against the north side of the building.
The event is in keeping with the city’s efforts to find myriad uses for the Cube.
Recreation Department Superintendent Lu Draper said she has contemplated the drive-in movie idea since seeing a similar one in action several years ago while visiting Philadelphia.
That showing “was packed and it was just so much fun. I thought, ‘what an awesome idea for the community,'” Draper said.
She contracted with FunFlicks, a San Diego, California-based company that rents large inflatable movie screens, and then chose a popular PG-rated family film.
A licensing agreement had to be signed with filmmaker Warner Bros., which Draper said has strict regulations dictating dates that its animated movies can be shown.
“We’re spending a little over $1,000” on the event, Draper said. The city will charge an admission of $10 per carload, but she said the primary intent is not to turn a profit.
“It’s just something fun for people to do, and it’s another way of using one of our facilities,” she said.
Traditional movie refreshments will be sold.
For optimal viewing, organizers hope to park the smallest compact cars in the first two or three rows, and larger SUVs and trucks behind them.
Attendees will be notified of which FM radio station to tune to for listening to the movie, which features the voices of Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks.
If this drive-in goes well, Draper said she may host another one at the Cube in August, and might examine the idea of showing movies at Riverside Park’s bandshell this fall. Indoor movie screenings are also being considered.
The closest drive-in movie theater to Findlay is the Hi-Road Drive-In just north of Kenton on U.S. 68.