Drive-in will feature Christmas classics

The last drive-in held at the Lafon Arts Center was extremely successful, paving the way for a Christmas version.

Riding high off the success of its Halloween-themed drive-in movie event, the Lafon Arts Center will host a Christmas-themed double-header movie offering Saturday.

A viewing of The Polar Express, followed by a brief intermission and then the movie Elf, will take place Dec. 12. The first movie will begin at dusk, and organizers said both movies offer around three and half hours of total entertainment.

Lafon Center Director Chris Melohn said October’s Halloween event was so much fun that he knew a Christmas-themed experience was needed.

“It was such a successful event the first time,” he said. “The community just had so much fun. It was exciting to hear parents and grandparents say they used to do this as a kid.”

The Polar Express is rated G and Elf carries a PG rating.

The Polar Express tells the animated story of a young boy who, on Christmas Eve, boards a magical train that’s headed to the North Pole. An adventure unfolds as the doubting boy embarks on a journey of self-discovery where he learns about friendship, bravery and the spirit of Christmas.

Elf tells the story of Buddy – played by Will Ferrell – who as baby in an orphanage was stowed away in Santa’s sack and ended up at the North Pole. Years later, as an adult who was raised by elves, Buddy travels to New York City to find his birth father.

Melohn said the pandemic presented an opportunity for arts directors around the country to think outside of the box about ways to continue to present the arts to local communities in a safe and responsible way.

“Never in a million years did I think I’d be creating a drive-in movie experience,” he said laughing. “But it opens up so many other ideas. This is something we want to continue doing even after the pandemic.”

Shell Norco is the presenting sponsor of the December drive-in event. Other sponsors include the St. Charles Parish Herald Guide, Subway, Heritage Interviews, FASTSIGNS, 5 Dough 4 Bakery, St. Charles Parish Hospital and St. Charles Parish Public Schools.

All entry tickets must be pre-purchased, as no tickets will be sold at the box office. The box office will open at 4 p.m. to begin scanning tickets.

Organizers said tickets can be printed or scanned from a phone, and that they are non-refundable and not transferable.  Movie goers are allowed to sit on chairs directly in front of and within the width of their vehicle, and social distancing regulations will be enforced.

No reentry is allowed at the event, and masks must be worn whenever leaving the immediate vicinity of a vehicle.

No outside food or beverages are permitted without a food permit. Food permits can be pre-purchased or bought at the box office upon arrival. No alcohol, glass bottles or smoking are allowed.

Dinner options for the movies must be preordered and cannot be purchased at the event.  The proceeds for the dinners and concessions will benefit the Destrehan and Hahnville High School Theatre Departments.

Tickets, as well as food packages and permits, are available for purchase through Friday, Dec. 11. For tickets and Tickets and info at www.lafonartscenter.org

 

About Monique Roth 562 Articles
Roth has both her undergraduate and graduate degree in journalism, which she has utilized in the past as an instructor at Southeastern Louisiana University and a reporter at various newspapers and online publications. She grew up in LaPlace, where she currently resides with her husband and three daughters.

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