TD Place four-day ‘drive-on’ movie experience sells out in 90 minutes


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Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group appear to have hit a sweet spot with their “Drive On Movies” event planned for this weekend.

Starting Thursday and continuing for four days through the weekend, the stadium at TD Place will be opened for cars to fill the field to watch some classic films.

The four-day run of movies was planned strictly as a one-off event, OSEG says.

All four screenings sold out in about 90 minutes Wednesday morning.

“You see by that response that there are people who are looking for any opportunity to do something a little bit different out of the house,” said OSEG spokesperson Chris Hofley.

If you missed your chance, opening the series on Thursday is Remember the Titans, starring Denzel Washington. Other movies being shown are Pirates of the Caribbean (Friday), Guardians of the Galaxy (Saturday) and Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Sunday).

Filmgoers will be allowed entry at 7 p.m., with shows starting at 8 p.m. Admission is $30 per car, with a maximum of five people per vehicle. Concessions will not be open, smoking and alcohol are not permitted, nor is leaving your car except to use the washroom.

The stadium field can accommodate slightly more than 50 cars, while the audio for the movies will be transmitted over an FM radio band.

“This is really something we’re doing more for fun,” Hofley said. “It’s something we can offer to people who would normally be coming to Lansdowne and are missing some of those activity options.

“Obviously we’re not playing football right now. We don’t have any sports, so this is a way we can open the field for a few nights and have a bit of fun in a different way. It’s just something a little different to do.”

There are no immediate plans for a repeat of the event.