The Grinch, White Christmas on tap at Lafon Center this weekend

The Dr. Rodney R. Lafon Performing Arts Center is continuing its popular drive-in movie series with a Christmas-themed double feature slated for Dec. 11 at 5:30 p.m.

“It has been so thrilling to continue the drive-ins,” Center Director Chris Aucoin-Melohn said. “The community has embraced this series so much and we have made it a regular part of our programming. We say it is one of the lemonades we made out of our COVID lemons.”

The Grinch and White Christmas will grace the big screen, and unique holiday offerings will also be in store for attendees.

The Grinch, based on Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday classic, tells the story of a cynical grump who goes on a mission to steal Christmas only to have his heart changed by a young girl’s generous holiday spirit.

White Christmas showcases how a successful song-and-dance team becomes romantically involved with a sister act and how they all team up to save the failing Vermont inn of their former commanding general.

Aucoin-Melohn said this particular drive-in is special.

“We will have Santa coming in on a firetruck, followed by professional photographs with Santa, Mrs. Claus and some elves,” he said. “There will also be a special performance of The Concert Truck before the movies begin, and we have a gift-wrapping station.”

The gift-wrapping station will allow attendees to bring their gifts, have them wrapped by workers and then delivered to their car when they are ready. Proceeds of the photo and wrapping programs will benefit the Destrehan High School and Hahnville High School Talented Theatre Programs.

Tickets for the drive-in are $30 per vehicle and available at All entry tickets must be purchased in advance. Food permits, which allow attendees to bring in their own food, are also available for purchase on the site.

Subway and gumbo dinners are available for pre-order only, and all orders must be placed by Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Orders should be picked upon arrival on Dec. 11.

Additional concessions items such as popcorn, chips, candy, and beverages will be sold at the drive-in.

Aucoin-Melohn said there is not a vaccine card or negative COVID test requirement for entry, and that the center only sells every other parking bay in order to give vehicles room to space out.


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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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