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The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department is hosting first carpool cinema at Luscher Farm.

COURTESY PHOTO - Community members have the opportunity to enjoy two outdoor movies at Luscher Farm this month. It might not be your typical movie theater setting — it's a bit more airy and a bit more grassy — but it promises to throw it back to the era when drive-in movies were popular.

The Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Department has organized "Flicks at the Farm" — one of the few larger community events that's allowed during the Phase 1 reopening of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The carpool cinema is open to 250 guests each night — per Oregon Health Authority guidance — at Luscher Farm Aug. 15 and 16.

The movies will begin at dusk, around 8:45 p.m., and people will receive an email with their assigned load-in time after registering.

"It's easy to implement a Movies in the Park and this obviously requires more (work) but I'm really glad we were able to put this together," said Jamie Inglis, events and organic education supervisor for the parks department.

"Jumanji" will play Saturday evening, Aug. 15, and "Toy Story 4" will play Sunday evening, Aug. 16.

"It's very nostalgic," Inglis said. "The goal is to push you back in time."

When people arrive at the main entry of Luscher Farm off Rosemont Road, the movies will be shown in the field east of where cars enter, behind the community gardens.

"It's a pathway we have used before for our Community Supported Agriculture program and we've used it for our adventure run before too," Inglis said. "It's going to be awesome. You can't beat the setting, either."

The movies will be shown on a 30-foot inflatable screen and people can listen to the film through their car's FM transmitter, where they will tune into the appropriate station.

The spaces are physically distanced and folks can sit in their truck bed, pop the trunk of their car or sit in the front of their vehicle.

If people opt to sit outside their vehicle, they are required to wear a face covering.

There will be portable restrooms on site, a Kona ice vendor, a snack table and some "Star Wars" characters roaming around.

"We're working with Star Wars Oregon, which is a local group that dresses up in costume for the event," said Inglis, adding that if people wish to take photos with the characters they will need to wear a mask and physically distance themselves. "It will add a little ambiance to the event."

Prior to the film, DJ Shawn will have some tunes going as well.

Community members must register ahead of time to reserve a parking space, which is $45 for Lake Oswego residents and $52 for non-residents. The price includes a bag of kettle corn from Klassic Kettlecorn.

So far, half of the spaces have been filled but registration will be open until the day of the event or until spaces sell out. Tickets will be sold online every day for the series until 6 p.m. To register, click here or call the Parks and Recreation Front Desk at 503-675-2549. Registration must list all participants in the vehicle for contact tracing purposes.

"The key is we're really excited to have an opportunity to offer something for families to enjoy right now," Inglis said.


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