Horizon Cinemas drive-in; what you should know

Madison Fetherston , Reporter

     While COVID-19 forced many businesses to temporarily shut down in March, movie theaters are one of many businesses that have not opened fully. Recently, Horizon Cinemas has taken a classical approach to provide their community with the movies they know and love while encouraging caution during the times of a global pandemic. During the month of October, Horizon Cinemas presents a variety of films to get into the Halloween spirit, ranging for Disney’s “Coco” to Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining”. 

     Rain or shine Horizon Cinemas open their parking lot at 6:15 p.m. allowing guests to find their spot and hit the concession stand inside the theater lobby. The first featured movie begins after sunset at approximately 7:00 p.m. A parking spot can be reserved on Horizon Cinema’s website for as low as $25, which the locally owned family business encourages. 

     COVID-19 policies such as masks and social distancing are enforced upon arrival to ensure the safety of staff members and viewers. When indoors, customers over the age of 5 are required to wear a mask, this includes the theater lobby, restrooms, and the concession area. Staff members are always required to wear their masks and continue to follow CDC guidelines as they ensure their facilities meet the highest standards.

     To provide the best possible experience, Horizon Cinemas urges that if possible, viewers arrive in smaller vehicles. It is also recommended that viewers with larger vehicles park in the back row to avoid obstructing the views of other movie goers. Customers are expected to do their part by respecting their surroundings; while viewers are welcome to bring outdoor chairs, Horizon Cinemas asks that customers respect their surroundings by keeping the lots clean and respecting the space of other customers. 

     Since reopening in July, Horizon Cinemas drive-in has received positive feedback. Family and friends have flocked to numerous showings and even shared their experience via review websites such as Yelp and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Viewers of all ages have expressed how much they have enjoyed their drive-in experience. Horizon Cinemas temporary drive-in has brought back the opportunity for film fanatics to resume their support of the local business. Bob Wienholt owns Horizon Cinemas with his wife and two sons, as well as colleague Ira Miller. He and his staff members have hope for the future thanks to the support they have received from their community. 

      Senior, Megan Carter visited Horizon Cinemas Drive-In with her family to get into the Halloween spirit. “While I was disappointed with the view we had of the screen, the audience was polite and overall, it was a good experience. Masks were worn and it was nice to go and see a movie again, even if it wasn’t in theaters.”