Silver Screen Becomes Silver Lining Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Bedford, PA —  In partnership with the Bedford County Fair, the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a SATURDAY NIGHT DRIVE-IN MOVIE SERIES at the Bedford County Fairgrounds, beginning July 4th, 2020.  The series will feature classic, family-friendly movies popular across generations (titles will be released when licensing is completed.)  The series will continue for ten weeks, through Labor Day, with the potential of adding additional dates in September and/or October based on attendance and community interest.

The special event series, which will take place in accordance with CDC guidelines for safety during the Coronavirus pandemic, includes the design and construction of a 40 x 72 ft. movie screen, made possible through a partnership of local businesses and community leaders, including:  Clark Construction, Coughenour Engineering, Bedford REC, SKE Signs, Sherwin Williams, YBC Bedford, Soaring Eagle Productions, Bedford Speedway and Bedford Township.  (Additional opportunities are available to assist/participate.)

Other supporting sponsors to date include Homewood at Spring House Estates, Hometown Bank, the Bedford Gazette and Cessna Broadcasting Radio Stations: Star 100.9 and B-Rock 107.5.

“This project is a beautiful example of what Bedford County is all about, with people coming together for our community,” said Chamber President-CEO, Kellie Goodman Shaffer. “With the coronavirus wreaking havoc on the county’s event schedule, we are thrilled to be able to provide a safe, responsible and fun series of events…a silver lining amid all of the challenges of recent months.”

Admission to each drive-in movie event will be $5 per person (10 years old and up); 9 and under will be admitted free.   Those who purchase tickets online will gain early-entry at 7:30pm with cash ticket sales beginning at 8pm at the gate.

Guests will also enjoy the opportunity to visit food concessions (masks required at concession stands.)  Proceeds will benefit the Bedford County Fair as well as the programs of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce.

A news conference and ribbon cutting celebration is planned for July 2nd to unveil the screen and showcase this exciting community project. Sponsorships are now available as well.

For more information, or to discuss ways that businesses & organizations may participate, Call Kellie Goodman Shaffer – Office: 814-623-2233 / Cell: 814-937-8049 or EMAIL

DRIVE-IN MOVIE RULES AND GUIDELINES:

To speed up the admission process, please have your money (or online receipt) ready.  Exact change is appreciated.  Online ticket purchases are preferred.

Please pay for everyone in the vehicle (10 years of age and older)

Please respect the other patrons of the drive-in event.

As you enter the theater area at the fairgrounds please follow our parking guidelines and markers and obey the directions of our parking volunteers. This will make it quicker and easier for everyone to enter as well as provide the best view of the screen for all.

Rows designated for cars may not have trucks, vans or SUV’s; rows designated for trucks, vans or SUV’s may not have cars; full size trucks, large SUV’s, lifted trucks, vehicles with ladder or large roof racks, cargo vans, etc. must park in rear rows so as to not obstruct the view of others.

Please be respectful of your fellow patrons and remain quiet during the movie.  Those making noise that bothers their neighbors may be asked to leave.

If your hatch is open, you may be asked to tie it level with the top of your vehicle so those behind you can see the screen.

You will be expected to keep your vehicle “dark” for the duration of the features.

BBQ grills, campfires and laser pointers are prohibited.

Gates close 15 minutes after the start of the movie. No entrance after ticket takers leave.

Re-entry is prohibited.

Please exit the fairgrounds when the feature ends.

If your vehicle won’t start, please see someone at the command tent ASAP.

Food concessions are open when the gates open (7:30pm) and it remains open until 30 min. prior to end of film.

We will follow CDC guidelines for the safety of our patrons and volunteers. Masks are required at concession stands and in restrooms.  Thank you for your cooperation.

In the event of forecasted bad weather, the decision of whether or not to have the movie will be made at 4pm on the day of the show.  It will be announced on the Chamber and Fair Facebook pages.   Rain dates will be added if needed in September and tickets purchased online for the rained-out show may be used on the rain date, or for another drive in show of your choice.