A plot line to re-open Kamloops’ derelict drive-in movie theatre did not have a happy ending — but there could be a sequel.
Landon Muzio spearheaded a GoFundMe campaign three years ago, hoping the community would buy in to the idea of re-opening the old drive-in near the Halston Bridge on Tk’emlups land. News spread like wildfire, but it appears interest did not develop into financial backing.
“Not much,” Muzio said of how much the campaign raised. “Like $20.”
Muzio, owner of 808 & Bench in downtown Kamloops, said the idea has since taken a back shelf.
In addition to being busy with his business, he is starting a local skateboard association and working with the city on a sanctioned street art project. Muzio said four pillars under Overlanders Bridge will be among areas artists will soon be able to legally paint from dawn until dusk.
Though he has a full plate, Muzio said resurrecting the drive-in movie theatre remains among many simmering ideas.
“I personally think it would go a different direction now,” he said.
Instead of re-opening the drive-in, Muzio would instead like to see pop-up drive-in theatres set up in city and business parking lots.
It would require purchasing a projector and blow-up screen — which he estimated would cost between $15,000 and $20,000 — as well as consent from the city and/or big box stores to use their space.
Muzio envisions such events hosted at the former Kamloops Daily News property at Seymour Street and Fourth Avenue, for example.
“You could have the community involved, food trucks, stuff like that,” he said.
But Muzio’s idea comes down to community backing. His money is tied up in his business and it will take much more than $20.
“It just kind of disappeared with the wind, I guess,” he said of the drive-in theatre resurrection project.
“But the idea is there if anyone is interested in talking to me about it.”