Drive-In movies coming to Cultura Beer Garden just in time for Halloween

Laredo film lovers have not had much to celebrate recently, with closures announced at two major Laredo theaters — the Alamo Drafthouse and Regal Cinema — and the delay of a number of big-budget movies. However, local nonprofit Laredo Film Society is doing all it can to keep the love of cinema alive in Laredo.

In partnership with Cultura Beer Garden, the organization is hosting a series of drive-in movies designed to give locals a safe, movie-going experience amid restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In celebration of the Halloween season, the movies selected for the series are all designed to get Laredoans in a spooky mood.


On Saturday, October 17, a screening of 1985 Italian horror film “Phenomena”. Directed by horror master Dario Argento and starring a young Jennifer Connelly in the lead role, the film tells the tale of a teen girl who attempts to chase a serial killer after she discovers her psychic powers.

On Halloween night, the group will screen cult classic “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”.  The 1975 musical comedy horror film stars Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, and Barry Bostwick and is a musical tribute to the campy horror and science fiction B movies that populated theaters from the 30s to the 60s. The film’s plot centers around a young couple whose car breaks down, leading them to the wild world of Dr. Frank-n-Furter and company.

In addition to the film screening, Cultura’s food trucks will be in full operation, with many of the trucks offering special movie snacks for the locals in attendance. Note though, that outside food and drinks will be prohibited.

Tickets start at $10 for al fresco seating and are available to purchase at laredofilm.org/tickets. Tickets for the Halloween night screening will go on sale at a later date.

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Drive-in movie hosted at Cultura Beer Garden

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Cultura Beer Garden, the Laredo Film Society and Able City Architecture teamed up to capitalize on new opportunities with restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic such as the curfew loosened. They hosted a drive-in movie night Saturday to offer some nightlife and boost a business hit hard by the pandemic.

“We have worked with Cultura for years on different events and figured this event would be a great opportunity to bring our patrons some films and assist a business that has been impacted by the pandemic,” Laredo Film Society board director Karen Gaytan said.


The event featured space for four compact vehicles, five mid-size vehicles and five full-size vehicles along with limited patio seating.

While bars and other nightlife such as Cultura Beer Garden have been some of the business most impacted by the pandemic, Gaytan said organizations like the Laredo Film Society have also dealt with limitations.



“Laredo Film Society is one the many organizations whose programming has been affected by the pandemic,” Gaytan said. “Our in-person events and fundraisers are unable to take place. We have transitioned to having more virtual events, which has helped us maintain an audience and a public to serve, but we have been limited in the ways to carry out our events.”


Although virtual events have helped the organization remain connected and generate funding, it pales in comparison to the outreach they normally receive. Nevertheless, they understand the severity of the situation.

The event took additional precautions aside from just the spacing out of vehicles and seating. Patrons were asked to stay in their vehicles, and waiters wore masks at all times while providing curbside service. Cultura Beer Garden also provided hand washing stations. The Laredo Film Society hopes that with the precautions taken this can be the first of many events.


“We have a series of events for the month of October,” Gaytan said. “We encourage people to check the Laredo Film Society website and social media for more details.”


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People & Places: Bridenstine to speak at drive-in fund-raiser; Botanic Garden wants families to DIG | Lifestyles

Event sponsors include C & G Emanuel Charitable Foundation, Hillcrest Healthcare System, TAB Services, Gable Gotwals Counsel, The Oxley Foundation, TTCU Federal Credit Union, Ruhrpumpen, and Steelehouse Productions.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Hospitality House of Tulsa. To purchase tickets, and more information: 918-794-0088, hhtulsa.org.

TULSA BOTANIC GARDEN

Tulsa Botanic Garden’s eighth annual D.I.G. — short for Day In the Garden — will be held Saturday, Sept. 26, on the grounds of the garden, 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive.

This family-friendly fundraiser was postponed from earlier this year and rescheduled with a few adjustments for safety.

Families are encouraged to bring a blanket or chairs to spread out on lawn areas for picnicking, and watching a Science Show presented by Tulsa’s BAM entertainment and a concert by the Tulsa-based band Hot Toast Music Company. Families will pick up activity kits containing crafts, puzzles and a scavenger hunt families can do in the garden. A photo booth will be set up with a photographer for family snapshots.

The garden will be decorated for their annual Autumn In the Garden, with more than 5,000 pumpkins, scarecrows made by the community, and a hay maze. Families will also be able to explore the two-acre Children’s Discovery Garden and Tandy Floral Terraces.

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Tom Kerridge’s Drive-in Garden Party at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells with live music and food by Michelin-starred chefs

Michelin-starred chefs will be rustling up the snacks at a special, socially-distanced event this weekend, headed by chef Tom Kerridge, with a mix of live music, crafts and mouthwatering treats on the menu.

After being forced to postpone his Pub in the Park to next year, but he’s on a mission to bring some fun, festival feels to the county regardless and has come up with an event for the changing times, his Drive-In Garden Party at Eridge Park, near Tunbridge Wells.

Settling back in style at Tom Kerridge's Drive-In Garden Party Picture: Edd Cope
Settling back in style at Tom Kerridge’s Drive-In Garden Party Picture: Edd Cope

And he’s brought some top chefs with him to keep festival-goers fuelled .



The event will feature Tom’s food, along with Atul Kochhar and Paul Ainsworth, providing Michelin quality food in a safe and socially-distanced format.

The offering consists of a £30 exclusively designed three course chef’s special menu from each chef, and an extra treat too, which need to be booked in advance.

As well as offering smaller individual dishes from £6, with Kerridge’s Bar & Grill serving up salt baked Cornish new potatoes & summer truffle with aged parmesan sauce, Paul Ainsworth’s iconic Cornish pasty from The Mariners and Kochhar’s classic Chicken Tikka Kathi Roll.

Each private garden has been designed for groups to relax and enjoy the festival vibes along with top quality food.

Atul Kochhar
Atul Kochhar

Hampers of drinks can be ordered to be delivered by waiting staff and guests will be able to walk around the perimeter of the main arena, with arrows to follow, to soak up the atmosphere and shop from the Pub in the Park family of brands, including small producers at the Artisan Car Boot Sale.

Atul Kochhar's sides, on the menu for Tom Kerridge's Garden Party Picture: Mike Cooper
Atul Kochhar’s sides, on the menu for Tom Kerridge’s Garden Party Picture: Mike Cooper

The event on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20, also includes live music by Keane, Squeeze, Gabrielle and Soul II Soul Sound System.

And if you don’t fancy driving to the drive-in, walk-in tickets for those who want to go by taxi or get dropped off are available. You can get dropped off at the designated meeting area to be guided to a walk-in, socially-distanced private garden.

Chef Paul Ainsworth's food is on the menu
Chef Paul Ainsworth’s food is on the menu

After the announcement of the government’s rule of six , organisers said in a statement: “The covid-compliant event will welcome visitors to their enclosed garden where they will have a safe space to enjoy the event in their bubble. For movement within the venue, guests will have a large amount of space to socially distance, and clear directions to follow which will allow safe distance from other visitors.”

Tom added: “We remain committed to providing great food and drink events throughout these difficult and complicated times.”

The socially-distanced crowds at Tom Kerridge's Drive-In Garden Party
The socially-distanced crowds at Tom Kerridge’s Drive-In Garden Party

DETAILS

Pub in the Park’s Drive In Garden Party at Eridge Park near Tunbridge Wells is on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20.

Tickets prices cost from £47.93. Food and drink need to be ordered

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