Recap: E.T. at South Drive-in

Melissa Starker, Creative Content & PR Manager

Jun 08, 2021

Cars in front of a drive-in screen with the opening credit for E.T.: the Extra-terrestrial

It was truly wonderful to reconnect with young audiences this past Sunday during our Zoom Family Program screening of E.T.: the Extra-terrestrial at South Drive-In. The night was warm with a gorgeous sunset to enjoy before the movie. Our Learning & Public Practice team put together bags full of crafting supplies and instructions for what to do with them, and we were happy to see that the activity bags were almost as popular with kids as the cups of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams being given away.

Below, we have a few pics from the night to share. Thanks to everyone who drove out to join us (and agreed to pose for this photographer); also to CoverMyMeds for supporting the event and to our partners at South Drive-In for being gracious hosts. We're looking forward to returning to the outdoor cinema two more times over the summer for free adult-oriented screenings: Escape from New York July 15 and Do the Right Thing August 12. And we'll have an update soon on plans to return to in-person screenings at the Wex Film/Video Theater.


Wexner Center staff & volunteers at South Drive-In

Our intrepid crew of staff and volunteers set up (and lined up) next to the projection booth. (Photo: Jean Pitman)

Dozens of brown paper shopping bags with circular Wex stickers

The bags were filled and ready to go...

Four teenage girls in face masks approach the staff table at South Drive-In

Free Jeni's caught the attention of this crew...

A man and a woman with a young boy and dog between them, sitting at the drive-in

...While this family went for the craft supplies.

A family of two parents and three young kids sitting in the open back of a van at the drive-in

Others were simply chilling before showtime.

A couple sits outside the back of their open minivan; their kids are inside
Two teenage girls sit together outside a car at the drive-in
Dionne Custer Edwards, April Sturkey Sunami and Dan Gerdeman with Sunami's two children at the drive-in

We were thrilled to see some familiar faces! Learning & Public Practice Director Dionne Custer Edwards (left) is joined here by local artists and Wex collaborators April Sunami and Dan Gerdeman, as well as Sunami's son and daughter.

Handmade sign with drawn snake decorations that reads "thank you for joining us"

Hope you can join us for another movie soon!

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