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Drive-in movie nights planned July 2-3

| June 23, 2021 1:00 AM

The Whitefish nonprofit organization behind a planned film festival is organizing a pop-up drive-in movie theater at Smith Fields on July 2 and July 3.

Winterland has partnered with Project Whiteish Kids, the nonprofit that manages the sports fields complex, to present the drive-in movie nights. On Friday, July 2 the 1980s classic “The Goonies” will play and on Saturday, July 3 the movie will be “Forrest Gump.”

"We have been looking for other nonprofits and charitable organizations to partner with who can use our facilities here at Smith Fields," says Don Bestwick, Board President of PWK. "Winterland's intentions align with our mission to create opportunities and events that support the community."

Winterland Film + Tech is a Whitefish-based nonprofit film and technology festival that plans to launch in March of 2022. They plan to showcase a variety of independent films, along with panels and workshops with producers, cinematographers and studio executives.

"We were originally slated to have our inaugural event this past March, but we had to postpone a year because of the pandemic," says organizer Anderson Rosenthal. "We knew we had to do something fun while we got ready for 2022. A drive-in is the perfect opportunity which allows us to throw a fun family-friendly event for the community that helps drive brand awareness about our little festival happening next year."

Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the films start at sunset. Tickets are $10 per person, veterans with military ID get tickets at half price. Tickets can be purchased at the entrances and space is limited so attendees are encouraged to arrive early.

Hot dogs and bison burgers, candy and popcorn, and other treats, will all be available at the cash-only concessions stand. Attendees are encouraged to enjoy the playground, bring a frisbee to toss in the surrounding fields and to tune in to Winterland Radio before the show.

Winterland is also seeking volunteers. For more information, email