Drive-in movie a first for Palmerston

A unique film experience will be coming to Palmerston this weekend.

The Palmerston and Waihemo A&P Association will be hosting a drive-in movie tomorrow night at the Palmerston A&P Showgrounds.

Two movies, Mrs Doubtfire and Forrest Gump, will be projected on to the big screen for a one-off fundraiser.

The event was unlike anything the town had seen before, and people were able to bring a chair, if they preferred not to drive, event co-ordinator Fiona Skevington said.

‘‘I think it’s unique having a drive-in movie, and the grounds are really good, because they’ve got an embankment. So people can sit around on the embankment.’’

The event was a collaborative effort between Mrs Skevington and A&P Association president Cody Jenkins.

There would also be food trucks on the night, and Mrs Skevington hoped plenty of families would come and have dinner while watching the films.

She hoped to see about 100 cars at the inaugural event.

‘‘I know that other places do have them, but this is the first time here in Palmerston.’’

It would double as a fundraiser for the A&P Show in February next year.

The two movies the pair chose were some of the most popular at the time of their release.

They also wanted to choose movies that appealed to both adults and children alike, she said.

‘‘We’ve chosen movies that topped the charts in their day. They were some of the top movies around in that time.’’

If the event went well, Mrs Skevington hoped it could become an annual event.

Gates will open at 6pm, with the first movie beginning at 8pm.