As it turns out, chrome and the silver screen make a pretty good pair.
The Elminiators Car Club cruised down to Gull Lake on Saturday evening to co-host a movie night and car show with the Lyceum Theatre.
Organized by Eliminators Vice-President, Stuart Johnson, the film being presented to the collection of motoring enthusiasts was 1993's 'Dazed and Confused', which chronicles the last day of school in 1976, showcasing the antics of kids entering their senior year, and freshmen looking to avoid those seniors for fear of hazing, all the while cruising around their town in classic cars.
While Johnson couldn't attend the movie, as he was busy having some good fortune at the SCDRA Drag Races that evening, the club did turn out with nine unique cars.
Directing the club members and helping pack the theatre was Montie Williams, president of The Eliminators Car Club. He was happy to be able to attend the vent and to contribute some funds to the Lyceum Theatre's renovation efforts.
"We kind of went with that theme and headed out there with the cars," said Williams. "We found some money in our safe that actually came from one of our Road Runs. All of our money is from our car shows. We try to contribute directly back to our other nonprofits as a nonprofit ourselves, we think it's important to try and be helpful to any other nonprofit when we can."
Combined with the money raised and the money found, they were able to present the Lyceum Theatre with a cheque for $1,000. A good lump of cold hard cash to help them breathe some fresh heat and life into the Lyceum Theatre renovations.
The car show at the start of the night saw The Eliminators roll up in front of the Lyceum Theatre, showing off their chrome, paint, and patinas. They were joined by a good 12-14 locals throughout the night, before everyone headed in for the movie.
For Cole Girodat, the general manager of the Lyceum Theatre, it was awesome to see so many people come out for the movie, especially in some 1970s garb.
"We had about 75 people watching Dazed and Confused today," shared Girodat. "A few people came dressed in the 70s attire. I was dressed in the 70s getup and all my volunteers were as well."
The theatre was loaded up with so many people, that they had to make an additional batch of popcorn.
"I went out to the concession during the movie, and they were still making popcorn," reported Williams. "The fellow at the front told me that they never have to make extra popcorn. So yeah, it was a nice full night for them, for sure."
The film itself got some good amounts of laughter from the crowd, some of whom could remember their high school days back in the 1970s. The insights into the mindset of teenagers of that period leant an edge of timelessness between the generations.
By the end, everybody headed out the doors, laughing and quoting the 90s classic.
For Girodat, these events are a fantastic example of why he loves to run the non-profit movie theatre. He encourages anyone who wants to host their own event to reach out to him and the Lyceum Theatre.
"We're always open to groups approaching with events," said Girodat. "If you have a community group that wants to do an event and you have an idea, just approach the Lyceum Theater and we can try our best to get it done."
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