Bald Eagle, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Church Shows Drive-in Movies

The drive-in movie, that great American icon, may be on its last legs, but don't tell that to the folks at the Martha United Methodist Church. They still like seeing films under the stars.

On June 26, church members will start their free summertime Friday family movie series with an outdoor showing of ... well, they can't say. Their video license prohibits advertising titles. Nobody said anything about mentioning it's an island adventure, involving a reclusive author who helps a little girl rescue her ship-wrecked father. Just ask the kids.

The show starts at 9 p.m. in the Martha Pavilion, located in a field at Ardery Hollow Road off U.S. Route 220. But first, at 7 p.m., dinner will be served. Barbecued ribs are on the menu for $8 for adults, $3 for children ages 3 to 12. Popcorn afterward won't cost a dime.

Call 238-8562 or 355- 7450 by June 23 to secure a plate. July's shows promise a Dr. Seuss fable about a tiny universe on a speck, the true story of a girl playing quarterback, a musical about high school friends graduating and the tale of a bookish mouse. Advertisement On July 24, another combo night will feature a free turkey dinner, followed by a film taken from the Thomas Kinkade painting, The Christmas Cottage.

In keeping with the Christmas in July theme, school kits for charity will be assembled before the show. Guests are invited to bring one of the following: a blunt pair of scissors, three pads of ruled paper, a 30-centimeter ruler, a hand-held pencil sharpener, six unsharpened pencils with erasers, a 21/ 2-inch eraser or a box of 24 crayons.

Bad weather, of course, could wipe out any show a worry the Curtin United Methodist Church doesn't share. The church, on Curtin Village Road between U.S. Route 220 and state Route 150, shows its free family movies indoors. Apparently, it's also not bound by any legal restrictions, since it can announce next month's offering will be Homeward Bound on July 11. Showtime is 6:30 p.m., with snacks provided.

By Chris Rosenblum


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