There’s nothing quite like watching a movie on a big screen under the stars. If you were alive during the late 50s to mid-60s, then you were lucky enough to experience the height of popularity of the drive-in movie, where folks gathered with their family or their sweetie to enjoy a good flick in one of 5,000 drive-in theaters across the country. Today’s multiplexes, with surround sound and stadium seating, certainly have their appeal, but nothing beats the drive-in for good, old-fashioned fun and family togetherness.
Sadly, only about 500 drive-in movie theaters still exist, but this summer at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, you and your family can revisit the good old days of the outdoor movie at our 4th Annual Movie on the Meadows on June 13. Pack a picnic, bring a blanket, and enjoy a special showing of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax on a giant, 35-foot screen. Lots of folks sit on their car hoods or tailgate, while others spread a blanket in the open area in front of the screen and chat with their neighbors as they wait for the show to begin. Parking is $10 per vehicle or $8 for Annual Passholders; the front gate will open at 7:30pm, and the show begins at 9pm.
The Lorax will be a special end to activities and programs offered all day for National Get Outdoors Day, which is promoted by state parks to encourage healthy, outdoor activity. Park naturalists will lead guided hikes throughout the day, and programs promoting the great outdoors will be offered. All hikes and programs are included with Park admission. With its themes of environmental conservation and responsible stewardship and a quirky story told as only Dr. Seuss can tell it, The Lorax is a huge hit with kids and adults alike and will be a perfect ending to all the family-friendly fun activities.
So turn off those mobile phones, get outside and enjoy a day with your family at Chimney Rock, then spend an evening watching a movie under the stars, surrounded by nature. You’ll be making memories that will last a lifetime.
For more information on this or other summer events at Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park, visit chimneyrockpark.com.