Newport PAC announces drive-in film showing, donation opportunities

The Newport Performing Arts Center, usually busy with dance, musical and dramatic performances, closed after COVID-19 struck Oregon in an effort to keep patrons safe. They may soon have an opportunity to provide entertainment with social distancing in place: the PAC Picture Show. (News-Times file photo)

The Newport Performing Arts Center, along with the Newport Visual Arts Center, is in need of financial support, like many businesses and nonprofits feeling the effects of the governor’s executive order.

Multiple productions, which were preparing to take the stage in a matter of days or weeks when the closure occurred, were canceled or rescheduled, but the PAC staff has envisioned a way for local arts patrons to enjoy some entertainment at the PAC safely while supporting the center.

The “PAC Picture Show” promises to provide audiences with “nostalgic films under the stars” while maintaining social distancing with an old-school movie-watching method: a drive-in. Though the films to be shown have not yet been announced, the PAC announced on May 13 via Facebook that the first showing will take place soon. Those who would like to be updated via email when dates and films have been selected can sign up at http://www.pacpictureshow.com. Updates will also be posted to the PAC Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewportPerformingArts.

In addition to this effort, PAC staff is continuing maintenance and making improvements to the facilities while they have this unprecedented opportunity to work in the empty theaters.

The administrative staff is also working to find innovative ways to serve the public and secure funds for the PAC, such as the PAC Picture Show.

On May 5, as part of the global #GivingTuesdayNow event, the OCCA raised $2,335 through Facebook.

To donate directly to the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, which runs and maintains both arts centers in Newport as well as serving as the regional arts council for five counties — including Lincoln County — and coastal towns in Lane and Douglas counties, visit https://coastarts.org/donate, or click the “Donate” button on the PAC or VAC Facebook pages.

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