A night at the opera: Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre hosting drive-in movie feature

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Kunjur said the event will be similar to last year’s Halloween drive-in movie night.

Friday’s feature film will be a Marx Brothers’ classic called A Night at the Opera with a pre-screening live show by tenor Boris Derow along with Spencer Kryzanowski, who will be providing the music for the movie. Saturday’s show will be the original Phantom of the Opera starring Lon Chaney. The jazz ensemble the Dungeon Quartet will perform ahead of the movie.

Kunjur said a concession stand will be available as well as public washrooms.

Darcia Parada, artistic director at Mercury Opera, said she came up with the idea to hold a movie night in response to the number of struggling artists who have been without work following the start of the pandemic in March.

“My first thought was trying to help artists stay afloat even in some small way,” she said. “You can’t get rusty if you are a musician. You have to be actively playing, you have to be actively practising, you have to be actively performing.”

Parada said live performances provide audiences with a unique experience because there’s a connection that can’t be felt through cinema. She said she believes many people are feeling that void because of the pandemic, cancelling many live performances.

“I think there really is a hunger for live music,” she said. “Live music, live art, live anything. People have been shuttered for so long that there is definitively a hunger for experiencing cultural activities.”

Tickets are $35 per vehicle and can be purchased online at the Mercury Opera’s website or on the Eventbrite page. Gates open at 7:30 p.m. followed by live performances at 8:30 p.m. and the movie at 9 p.m.

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