Finding treasure under the moon

NICK BAUR

Dust off those quarantine blues and grab your map and shovel because a family-friendly treasure trove of an experience is happening this weekend at the University of Northern Iowa. The 1980s classic coming-of-age film, “The Goonies,” becomes the 6th and final installment of the “Movies Under the Moon” summer drive-in movie series orchestrated by Gallagher Bluedorn, the Hearst Center for the Arts, and Community Main Street.

The tickets are first come first serve; however, students shouldn’t fret if they are unable to reserve a ticket. Associate Dean for Outreach and Special Projects, Steve Carignan provides some hope for students who may miss ticket reservations,

“Even though we distribute 120 tickets, we often end up with only 90 cars. Students should feel comfortable bringing something to sit in, like a chair, beanbag or blanket and we will have space for you if you want to come.”

 Social distancing guidelines will be followed at the event and masks are strongly encouraged but not officially required. There will be no concessions available on site although food is allowed and bathroom availability will be emergency use only. More information including specific entry and exit points for the drive-in movie can be found on the Gallagher Bluedorn website under their “Movies Under the Moon” designation.

The series has presented a host of great flicks geared towards a wide audience with movies like “Moana” and “Mary Poppins Returns” gracing the drive-in screen. Previously held at Overland Park in years past, X marks the spot this year at the north WRC parking lot adjacent to Hudson Street also known as the north student “C” lot. Weather permitting, seating will open at 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night with the movie beginning at dusk. With help from area businesses and organizations, tickets are free to the public and are available for reservation on Thursday, August 21st at 10:00 a.m. Each ticket covers one vehicle and the persons within, but seating is limited to 120 parking spots in order to preserve the health and safety of those attending. Tickets can be reserved online at the UNItix website then redeemed at the event through printed email or mobile device.

Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for Gallagher Bluedorn’s next weekend drive-in movie series, “Date Night.” This cinematic multi-weekend event will start in September while featuring more adult-oriented classic films like “Bull Durham” and  “An Officer and A Gentleman.” The setup and social distancing limitations for these drive-in movies will look almost identical to “Movies Under the Moon” and take place at the same times. However, this event will not be free to the public and will cost 25 dollars per ticket. Mark your calendars now for this can’t miss vintage movie experience guaranteed to fulfill any movie lovers desire to see the big screen.