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OPERA HOUSE ARTS OFFERS DRIVE-IN MOVIES AT STONINGTON BALL FIELD THIS SUMMER

JUNE 29 — STONINGTON— Opera House Arts (OHA) will offer drive-in movies at the Stonington ball field on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 8:45pm throughout the summer, beginning July 10 featuring The Call of the Wild, a 2020 release based on the novel by Jack London.

 

Due to Covid-19, the nonprofit performing arts center and community gathering space at the Stonington Opera House has had to keep its doors closed since late March to protect from the spread of the virus. With the support from the town of Stonington and community members alike, OHA will begin offering drive-in movies at the Stonington ball field the weekend of July 10 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 8:45pm featuring The Call of the Wild, starring Harrison Ford.

 

Upcoming drive-in movies (projected on a 20’ x 30’ screen by a Panasonic PT-DZ870KU 1-chip 8,500 lumen DLP projector) will be shown on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 8:45pm with short films on island life shown as previews. Gates will open at 7:30pm and there will be no parking after 8:40pm as latecomers will not be admitted. Film audio will be broadcast over FM radio (station TBD). Folks can listen to their car radio or portable radio and are advised to ensure their radio tunes to the correct frequency before purchasing tickets.

 

Tickets go on sale July 1st and must be purchased online through Opera House Arts’ website. Movie concessions will be sold at the time of ticket purchase, and will be ready for patrons at the gate. Patrons will be asked to show their ticket confirmation to staff upon entering. Staff will guide patrons in their cars to socially distanced spots in the Stonington ball field. No alcohol will be permitted on the premises.

 

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, all OHA staff will wear face masks at all times. Patrons must stay in their cars to watch the film as sitting outside of vehicles will not be permitted. Vehicles will be spaced six feet apart. Patrons are asked to wear face masks if they need to leave their car for any reason. As restroom facilities will be limited, OHA asks that patrons plan accordingly.

 

ABOUT THE FILM

Adapted from the beloved literary classic, The Call of the Wild vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s. As the newest rookie on a mail delivery dog sled team–and later its leader–Buck experiences the adventure of a lifetime, ultimately finding his true place in the world and becoming his own master.

 

As a live-action/animation hybrid, The Call of the Wild, directed by Chris Sanders, employs cutting edge visual effects and animation technology in order to render the animals in the film as fully photorealistic–and emotionally authentic–characters.

 

For more information about Opera House Arts’ and upcoming drive-in movies, please visit operahousearts.org

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