East Annex

The Bryan Area Chamber is planning to stage a community drive-in movie in the parking lot of the Williams County East Annex office building on East High Street, pictured here, in June. The idea is driven by the desire to stage a fun event to at least partially offset summer events that are being canceled, like the Fly-In Breakfast, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Bryan and Montpelier pools are closed for the summer, the Fly-In Breakfast is canceled (see related story on Page A1) and the Jubilee and Williams County Fair are in jeopardy of being canceled this summer due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Sounds like a good time for a family-friendly drive-in movie, according to Dan Yahraus, executive director of the Bryan Area Chamber of Commerce.

Yahraus said Wednesday the chamber has begun planning drive-in movies for June 12 and 13 at the East Annex office complex parking lot, 1425 E. High St., in Bryan. Yahraus said the chamber has access to a large screen, with plans to set it up on the west side of the East Annex parking lot, between the lot and the City of Bryan’s Don C. North Municipal Building.

Interestingly, and fittingly, Yahraus noted, the location is the former site of a drive-in theater that was called the Hub Drive-In. Because of that, possible names of the event include Let’s Go to the Movies, Come Out to the Victorious Incredible Drive-In (COVID) and the Hub Drive-In 2.0.

He said tentative plans include one movie Friday, June 12, and a different one Saturday, June 13. The chamber currently is taking recommendations on movies the public would like to see on the chamber’s Facebook page.

“I was presented with the idea ... Out of our discussions, with social distancing and everything that’s being canceled, we came up with the idea of having a drive-in movie,” Yahraus said, adding that he sought and received guidance on adhering to all health-related protocols from county Health Commissioner Jim Watkins.

Yahraus said plans include food vendor trucks, to be parked in the Don North building parking lot, and tentatively, admission would be a donation, he said. The vendors would be open until the movies start, around 9:30-10 p.m., or when it gets dark, he added.

The East Annex parking lot has a capacity of about 150 parking spaces. Preliminary plans have entrance at the Don North entrance off East High Street into the East Annex lot, and exit from the East Annex parking lot onto East High Street. Entry and exit on County Road D.50 would be blocked.

Some of the movies being discussed are “The Greatest Showman,” the original “Star Wars,” “The Lion King,” “The Sound of Music” and “Twister,” among others.

Yahraus said if the initial weekend is successful, a second pair of movies on a future weekend could be planned. To volunteer for the event, or for questions, call the chamber at 419-636-2247, or email to: info@bryanchamber.org.

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