FMWR considering future showings
Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s June 19 Drive-In Movie is sold out, after social-media posts helped drive ticket sales over the top June 9 and again June 11 after additional tickets were added.
The June 19 event, a free showing of the PG-rated “Dolittle” starring Robert Downey Jr., is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. in the Baker Theater auxiliary parking lot.
The event was originally limited to 30 tickets — one per vehicle — to maintain social distancing due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The tickets were free but had to be claimed by visiting the FMWR website or contacting the Community Activities office. While several tickets had already been claimed prior to June 9, according to LoraLee Neubeck with the FMWR Community Activities Office, a number still remained.
Then, around 10 a.m., Caitlyn Marler with the FMWR Marketing office posted the event on the FMWR Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
“Within one hour, the event sold out,” Marler said. “The spark was definitely the Facebook post, though.”
On June 11, after re-measuring the lot to make sure it could accommodate more spaces safely, a few additional tickets were added due to high demand, but quickly sold out again.
Ticket holders will get to view the film from the comfort and safety of their vehicles. The movie will be shown on FMWR’s inflatable big screen, which has been used for previous public viewings, with sound transmitted by radio. The event will even have concessions, with pre-packaged snacks and beverages available for purchase from the Better Opportunities for Single Service Members program.
The success of ticket sales already has officials looking at future showings for the Fort Leonard Wood community.
“We’re looking at doing another movie sometime in July,” Neubeck said.
In case of rain or high winds, the June 19 event will be rescheduled for June 26.