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The city of Marysville will provide a free drive-in movie to the community on Feb. 5.

They are showing the 1987 classic film "The Princess Bride" on their inflatable screen with sound available through car radios.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the film is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the Marysville Municipal Court parking lot at 1015 State Ave., Marysville.

“We are really pleased to present free drive-in movies for the community,” said Andrea Kingsford, recreation coordinator with the city of Marysville. “This is a wonderful opportunity for families to have an outside activity."

While the city has run its "Popcorn in the Park" summer film series in the past, this is the first time that they are planning a drive-in film.

“We were looking for something the community could do that would follow the health and safety guidelines,” because of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Kingsford.

“We are bringing our inflatable screen and could put it up at the courthouse parking lot,” which has a lot of room for people to drive in and stay, she said.

Unlike the summer film series, popcorn will not be provided by the city at the movie showing.

“Just to keep things safe we won’t be able to provide concessions,” said Kingsford.

Families can still bring their own food or takeout from local downtown restaurants though.

“We encourage people to support local businesses by buying food there or bringing popcorn from their home,” said Kingsford.

Those attending the event should still maintain social distancing if they leave their car while at the event.

“We do request that people wear masks when they are outside of their car during the event,” said Kingsford.

The Marysville courthouse lot can only hold a limited number of cars as well, so those interested are encouraged to reserve their space.

“Space is limited so it’s highly recommended you register in advance,” said Kingsford.

Registrations can be made by emailing Andrea Kingsford at akingsford@marysvillewa.gov or by calling 360-363-8400.

If the drive-in movie is popular with local residents the Marysville Parks, Culture and Recreation Department may plan for additional movie showings soon, said Kingsford.

“We do hope to do more in the future,” she said.

The parks department is planning the drive-in movie among other safe, social-distanced events this February to help people get outside more, said Kingsford.

“We’re pleased to be able to offer something to do,” she said.

Kingsford wanted to thank Gamut 360 who is helping to sponsor the event.

More information about this and other parks events is available at marysvillewa.gov.

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