The Grande Sunset Theatre that opened at Evergreen Park during COVID-19 has been sold to the Grande Prairie Family Education Society.
The drive-in theatre, located in a parking lot at Evergreen Park, has provided fundraising opportunities for local non-profit organizations through volunteering on screening nights or renting the theatre to show movies.
After the lifting of pandemic related restrictions, the outdoor theatre has been made available for the drive-in movie experience for the community and and rentals by groups and businesses.
Lionel Robins, theatre president and co-founder, shared about the vision behind the sale of the venue to the Grande Prairie Family Education Society.
“With the restrictions behind us, we realized the community really embraced and needed this theatre to continue, and so we transitioned into a long-term business plan, but our intention was never to keep it to ourselves for a for-profit enterprise."
"Being able to pass it along to a fantastic organization like the Grande Prairie Family Education Society is a big deal for our community, and we wish them well in the coming years and truly hope they grow the theatre to heights we couldn’t imagine when we first put up that big screen.”
Brandy Pilon, the Executive Director for the Grande Prairie Family Education Society, is excited about the future enjoyment and fundraising potential of the theatre.
“We are very happy to carry on Grande Sunset’s proud tradition of offering family-friendly entertainment for the area. We are looking forward to continuing a friendly community activity to the community while providing support to our organization. When community members come enjoy the movies at the drive-In, they are directly supporting the families in our community."