Mill Valley Recreation, Mill Valley Chamber, Mill Valley School District and City of Sausalito are hosting a screening of the classic 1985 film “The Goonies” via the medium that’s a relic of another era: the drive-in movie.
The classic film is based on a story by executive producer Steven Spielberg, features a group of kids who live in the “Goon Docks” neighborhood of Astoria, Oregon, and attempt to save their homes from foreclosure. In doing so, they discover an old treasure map that takes them on an adventure to unearth the long-lost fortune of One-Eyed Willy, a legendary 17th-century pirate. During the adventure, they are chased by a family of criminals who want the treasure for themselves.
The film features a number of actors who’d go on to stardom, including Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman and Martha Plimpton, among others. The film was co-produced and directed by Richard Donner from a screenplay by Chris Columbus.
The drive-in screening is set for Friday, July 17 at sundown (approx. 8:45pm) in the parking lot of Edna Maguire Elementary School. Gates open at 7:30pm and cars should be parked by 8:30pm. Cost is $20 per car (plus processing fees) $20. Tickets may be purchased through Eventbrite. Reservations required. Movie audio via an FM station, provided upon arrival.
Social distancing requirements will be followed and masks, when guests are outside personal vehicles, are required. Parking spots will be given at event entry after providing proof of event registration. Parking spots will be allocated according to vehicle size with larger cars being stationed towards the back of parking area. No food will be sold onsite but Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce is working with local businesses to offer Drive-In Movie take-out specials.
The screening is a benefit for the Mill Valley’s Chamber’s COVID-19 MV Business Fund,” which to date has raised nearly $100,000 and funded nearly 100 direct cash grants to local small businesses in the midst of the pandemic. via GoFundMe in April to provide immediate and direct cash grants to as many as we can in Mill Valley. Although these are modest grants, they aim to ease some of the financial hardships the current crisis is presenting.
“We hear it all the time: there’s no place like Mill Valley,” says Mill Valley Chamber co-director Paula Reynolds. “Historic small town character, incomparable natural beauty, top notch public schools, world class arts & entertainment, culinary and retail scenes that rival those of much larger cities. We all benefit from a local economy driven by hundreds of unique small businesses. That small business community is hurting deeply during this time of the COVID-19 crisis. Many business owners have not found the words or platform to ask for help.
County of Marin Requirements: Effective June 29, 2020, Vehicle-Based Gatherings, specifically Drive-In Movies, are allowed to reopen under Marin’s Shelter-In-Place Order.
FOOD: From the delicious and healthy treats from Vitality Bowls right near Edna to the Incredible pizzas at Watershed and ‘boxed meals’ from Flourcraft Bakery and much, much more, Drive-in Movie attendees have plenty of options to make sure your night with the Goonies is both fun and tasty.