The event, sponsored by the Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA), will be the group’s first outdoor movie screening, and the only one this year, said Alishia Oliver membership coordinator for CNHA.
“This is kind of our trial movie. We want to see how it goes,” Oliver said. “We’re hoping to get a series in place next year.”
The series would feature movies filmed in the Moab area, she said. “Stagecoach” was chosen for the first event because it was the first major motion picture filmed in the area, she said. Popcorn and drinks will be available for $1 each, she said.
Although there will be no charge to attend the movie, the event is intended to help raise money for CNHA’s Discovery Pool Program, which supports science and research on the Colorado Plateau. Tickets will be sold for a chance to win several prizes, including river trips donated by Adrift Adventures, movie tickets, and a variety of other items, Oliver said. The cost for the prize drawing is $1 per ticket or six tickets for $5. Tickets for the drawing may be purchased in advance at the Moab Information Center, and winners do not have to be present to claim their prizes, she said.
This year, Discovery Pool Program grant funding is helping to support a variety of projects including the documentation of perishable artifacts at the Museum of the American Indian, a study of the Pueblo I Ancient Ancestral culture, and an analysis of ceramic pot sherd collections from Hovenweep National Monument.
Oliver said the movie showings will be “family friendly” events that CNHA hopes will engage the community and visitors to the area.
“We would like to see a good mix of local residents and visitors,” she said.” Anywhere from 100 to 150 people is what we’d like to see in terms of attendance.”