North Idaho Drive-In Theater Project
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EVERYONE TELL 5 PEOPLE YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS PROJECT: This page is here to generate interest and excitement as this project unfolds. This is a community effort to bring back from the past one of the memorable summertime activities!
The sound of kids playing at the playground on a nice warm summer evening as the sun slowly descends. Anxiously awaiting for dusk so the movie can start. Sitting in the back of a truck with blankets, popcorn, hot dog or hamburger from the snack bar.....those few still playing arcade games in the lounge...
NON-PROFITS: As a community non-profit project, civic, athletic, church and other groups could volunteer their time to run the drive-in theater with proceeds from that night going to benefit that group. Great way to learn and enjoy the drive-in theaters while raising funds. We could have a baseball night showing baseball themed movies or anything else.
LOCAL RESIDENTS: What a great way to enjoy our beautiful North Idaho summer nights, not being stuck in a theater where the person next to you talks non-stop, keeps checking their cell phone or the kid that will not stop talking/crying/going to the bathroom.
Being able to enjoy the sound system in your car, take your shoes off and enjoy a movie with a loved one on a date or bringing the whole family.
I remember growing up going to the drive-ins. Being dressed in pajamas, eating popcorn, (sneaking a look at other movies) and being in a relaxed atmosphere. Kids playing at the playground. It was a neat experience that I would love to share with my kids and grandkids.
TOURISTS: With so few drive-in theaters around any more, this may create some memories that would be unique to their north Idaho experience. It would also help bring in additional tax revenues to the county that accepts the project.
ENTERTAINMENT: Besides the movies, we will have an arcade, miniature golf, playgrounds.
FOOD: We would have hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled-pork, chicken, BBQ, pizza, subs, salad bar, deserts.....a full sit down restaurant before the movie starts.
All of this in a retro kind of concessions stand look.
North Idaho needs that experience in our community. Something to be remembered and shared for generations! It's time. Join in and get involved in the creation of this project. Share, donate, get involved....and enjoy.
By signing this petition, you are showing the support that this project has. Once we have support of about 60,000, we will move on to the next step of financing.
(THIS WILL BE A HUGE UNDERTAKING. Approximate costs involved: $400,000 - $800,000 for two screens without the purchase of land. We need a 20 acre parcel for 4 screens. This would give us approx 200 cars per screen, 800 total for all four. The population of Kootenai county is 154,000. Shoshone is 12,000. Bonners is 43,000. Very obtainable. IF everyone donated a one-time $25, that would be right around $3 million. Enough to buy the land, build 4 screens (maybe 6), and the concessions stand with arcade/miniature golf. )
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