Kipling Plaza is set to transform its entire parking lot into a drive-in theater for a family friendly event next weekend.
John Delguidice, store manager of the Giant Tiger store at 2141 Kipling Ave., said plaza management has shelled out $2,000 to rent a 25-foot inflatable movie screen for a community viewing of a top-secret kids release that is not yet out on DVD.
We're not supposed to tell anyone what the movie is, but I can give you a hint: if you like Pandas and you like martial arts, you'll like this movie, he said with a laugh, noting that the movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Planned in partnership between Kipling Plaza, Giant Tiger, and the nearby Salvation Army and Toronto Fire Department Station 415, the event is being billed as a community-builder and aims to become an annual event, Delguidice said. The Salvation Army band will play until the movie begins and firefighters will be on hand to collect toy and food donations in lieu of an admission fee.
We're looking to change the face of the community; to bring kids out to a fun event so that instead of breaking windows, playing with guns and doing drugs, they can do something more productive, he said, noting organizers expect anywhere between 200 to 1,000 people to show up. This is a low income neighborhood, and for the price of a can of beans, families can come out and watch a movie with their neighbors. It's a good fit for the community.
The entire parking lot will be closed to vehicles for the event, but the Salvation Army lot across the street will be open for those opting to drive, Delguidice added.
Giant Tiger will also be handing out free giveaways (glow chains, etc.) to the kids. Neighbors wishing to attend are advised to bring lawn chairs and blankets.
We wanted to make this an adventurous event; to pull the community together for a fun night and also support a good cause, Delguidice said. It's a total win-win situation all around, and we hope people take advantage and come out.