Photo: Danny Zaragoza / Laredo Morning Times
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.”