The Port of Everett is adjusting its summer outdoor movie series, Sail-In Cinema, to meet public health guidelines this year. It’ll be a drive-in theater. (Port of Everett)

The Port of Everett is adjusting its summer outdoor movie series, Sail-In Cinema, to meet public health guidelines this year. It’ll be a drive-in theater. (Port of Everett)

Drive-in movies coming to the Port of Everett this summer

The traditional sail-in cinema is transforming to meet Inslee’s Phase 2 requirements.

EVERETT — As the list of cancelled summer events and activities — from concerts to summer camps to outdoor pool hours — grows wearily long, the Port of Everett is putting one annual event back on the schedule, with a socially-distanced twist.

The traditional sail-in cinema is transforming into a drive-in movie theater at Boxcar Park. In previous years, movie-goers could view flicks from boats docked in the marina or from blankets and chairs on the grass. The sail-in cinema regularly brought in 250 to 500 attendees, Port spokesperson Catherine Soper said.

This summer, the 40-foot inflatable screen will be positioned for rows of cars in the park’s gravel lot and on the grass. Vehicles will have to be 10 feet apart to meet Gov. Inslee’s Phase 2 requirements.

“This is our first attempt at a drive-in theater,” Soper said. “So we may find ourselves adjusting the layout as the season progresses to deliver the best experience we can.”

For now, movie-goers have to be in a vehicle to attend. It’s possible some walk-in park viewing, where people can lay out blankets or chairs, will happen later in the summer, Soper said.

Under Phase 2 guidance, attendees are required to remain in their vehicles and wear a mask if they go outside.

Space is limited to 75 cars per movie night, and registration is required.

On Thursday morning, less than 24 hours after the movie nights were announced, registration was already 25% full.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, free popcorn and concessions sales may not happen.

An Anthony’s Restaurants food truck will be on site at the park.

The movie lineup spans July and August. It includes “Midway,” “Hitch,” “League of Their Own,” “The Avengers: End Game,” “Coco” and “Grease.”

Julia-Grace Sanders: 425-339-3439; jgsanders@heraldnet.com.

Register for free at www.portofeverett.com/recreation/sail-in-cinema.

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