PRINCETON — A huge, black inflatable movie screen sat in the parking lot of the former Harper-Wyman parking lot Thursday evening.
Music was playing. Cars started rolling in at sunset. Free popcorn was handed out at the entrance. And families quickly set up seats in the backs of pickup trucks, some made cozy seating in the backs of vans and others stayed in their cars and listened over the car radio.
The drive-in movie night was put on by Jim Scruggs and Country Financial to thank first responders, essential workers and their families for all they do on a regular basis and have done during the COVID-19 pandemic. Princeton police and fire were invited out to the event, as were employees from Perry Memorial Hospital.
Scruggs said when thinking about what he could do to show his gratitude for the area’s essential workers, he thought about providing an outdoor movie experience. His son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Sarah Scruggs, own Sunset Cinema, and they provided the large screen. Scruggs also quickly got permission to use the parking lot at the former Harper-Wyman plant, which offers plenty of space for parking and viewing the movie from vehicles.
“I wasn’t sure how many people would come out, but this is just to say thank you for all the work they do,” he said.
He hopes to bring back the event next year.