Shawn Wernig and Dustin Amaral are hoping their new business, Celestial Cinemas, will slide into the limelight this summer.
The film-loving duo recently purchased a 24-foot wide inflatable screen to showcase movies outdoors with a sound projector.
Essentially, what we are doing is becoming an inflatable movie screen rental company, so were going to do Movie in the Park (in Radium) and a few others for some resorts around town to throw outdoor movie events, said Mr. Wernig. We just love film and theres not a lot of that in town anymore, so we saw it as an opportunity to make this place a destination for outdoor movies.
He believes the best way to take in a blockbuster hit is in an outdoor theatre in Mother Nature with an envelope of stars surrounding the community.
Its a new experience thats really popular and its definitely gaining momentum so I think we could do really well with it out here, said Mr. Wernig.
(Celestial Cinemas) is essentially geared towards doing movies in the park, added Mr. Amaral, but weve definitely been brainstorming about multi media-based applications.
Were open to other offers too, agreed Mr. Wernig.
In addition, Mr. Wernig and Mr. Amaral are eager to help the District of Invermere deliver the weekly Movies in the Mountains initiative in Pothole Park this summer.
The new partnership aims to screen cinematic adventures on a weekly basis for families and travellers alike every Monday night starting on July 6th. The district is actively seeking out sponsorships from the community to cover the cost of the movie licences and advertising.
Several years ago, the District of Invermere hosted the first outdoor movie in Pothole Park, which now lures out hundreds of people during the August long weekend.
The new initiative aims to make the annual movie night a regular weekly program throughout July and August on top of the regular long weekend format.
There is plenty of room for input from sponsors, including the opportunity to play a video or slideshow before the event to feature the film, to run the concession or even select the movie.
If youre interested in sponsoring an outdoor movie or being involved as a volunteer through the DOI, contact Theresa Wood at 250-342-9281 Ext. 1227 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about Celestial Cinemas, visit www.celestialcinemas.com or call Mr. Amaral at 250-688-5350.