Outdoor cinema lights up downtown Nanaimo park for families

Fresh Air Cinema offers families the opportunity to see a movie on the big screen while enjoying the warm summer night outdoors

It’s like a modern, environment-friendly drive-in movie.

Fresh Air Cinema offers families the opportunity to see a movie on the big screen while enjoying the warm summer night outdoors.

At dusk on Wednesday (July 18), the four-storey inflatable movie screen in Maffeo Sutton Park will light up with a Robin Williams movie about a jungle board game adventure that causes havoc in the city.

A licensing agreement prevents the company from publicly naming the film.

Fresh Air Cinema works alongside Cinema4Change, a not-for-profit organization whose mandate is to use the power of film to strengthen communities and improve lives.

“Proceeds from the Nanaimo event this year will be directed to Success by Six,” said Jason Bashnick, cinema organizer. “We believe our event provides them with a great way to raise awareness and important funds to continue the work they do.”

The Nanaimo screening is one of nine on Vancouver Island, with festivities starting at about 6 p.m.

“Building on previous year’s success, we are very happy to have partnered with Coastal Community Credit Union to present this series for the fourth year in a row,” said Bashnick. “We see such a social atmosphere before the event where friends and family just relax and enjoy each other’s company.”

Fresh Air Cinema will present close to 400 outdoor movies throughout Canada in 2012, including over 150 in B.C. All events are free to the public and begin at dusk. For more information, please visit www.frehaircinema.ca.