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Canby chamber hosts ribbon cutting and free showing of 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' at Clackamas County Fairgrounds

With movie theaters still shuttered because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the opening of a drive-in movie theater at the Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center was highly anticipated.

The theater opened Aug. 28 with its first showing of "The New Mutants."

The following Thursday, Sept. 3, the Canby Area Chamber of Commerce helped make the theater official with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, which was followed by a free showing of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial."

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Families gathered Thursday, Sept. 3, for the drive-in movie theater's ribbon cutting and a free showing of 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.'

"Our community has a brand-new resource that provides a positive escape for families to get outside their homes and find a little entertainment that serves as a much-needed relief," Chamber Director Kyle Lang said at the ceremony.

Lang also thanked the businesses and individuals, including fairgrounds Executive Director Laurie Bothwell and event coordinator Tyler Nizer, who made the drive-in a reality.

Clackamas County Commissioner Ken Humberston was among speakers at the ceremony. He used his time to praise Nizer for his efforts.

Nizer cut the ribbon to much honking, and then the show went on.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - Clackamas County Fairgrounds event coordinator Tyler Nizer cuts the ribbon on the new drive-in movie theater.

The showings will continue over the weekend with a double feature beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday of "The Avengers" followed by "The New Mutants."

Those interested can grab tickets ahead of time in-person at Canby Cinema 8 or online at, or get tickets at the gate beginning at 7 p.m.

PMG PHOTO: KRISTEN WOHLERS - As the sun began to set Thursday, Sept. 3, 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' is about to begin at Clackamas County Fairgrounds' drive-in theater.

For more information and updates on showings, follow Clackamas County Fairgrounds & Event Center or Canby Cinema 8 on Facebook.

Kristen Wohlers
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