Philly AIDS thrift to host drive-in movie night at Navy Yard

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Philly AIDS Thrift, in collaboration with Philadelphia Film Society, recently announced a Halloween-themed, socially distanced night at the movies featuring Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining.” Philadelphians can get into the spooky spirit this Wednesday, Oct. 13 at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Doors open at 6 p.m. and showtime is at 7 p.m.

“During the pandemic, we found a lot of success with our partnership with Philadelphia Film Society and the drive-in movie nights,” said Philly AIDS Thrift co-founder Christina Kallas-Saritsoglou in a statement. “We have a great synergy together, and these drive-in movie nights have been so popular with our supporters. We hope to sell-out again and raise even more money for our grant program, as well as the renovations we have in progress.”

Tickets are $35 per car, which includes admission to the movie and a free bag of tricks and treats. Attendees can feel free to bring their own dinner or enjoy food from local food trucks on site. Tickets for this event must be purchased in advance. No box office sales will be conducted on site.

“The Shining” is a perfect fit for Philly AIDS Thrift, which well known for its costumes, accessories and decorations during the Halloween season. In addition to the drive-in movie night, the nonprofit will give away birthday cake on Oct. 16 (first come, first served) and host their annual 50% art sale including all frames and art supplies.

“We have been in business and raising millions of dollars for 16 years,” Kallas-Saritsoglou added. “I am so proud of the relationships we have built with our shoppers, donors, volunteers and service providing organizations. We look forward to the next 16 years of being committed to both supporting local HIV organizations and to serve the community.”

Philly AIDS Thrift distributes funds through their annual grant giving program and to date have awarded over 25 local HIV service organizations more than $3 million. The organization also provides free store vouchers to Philly area HIV/AIDS service providers to help those in need of clothing assistance and household necessities.

“The movie night and retail shopping sales are so important to our fundraising,” added Board President Michael Byrne. “We are working hard to support organizations that need us — and organizations that are also serving those with HIV/ AIDS during the global pandemic. We hope you can support our work and join us.”

To purchase tickets for the drive-in movie night, visit filmadelphia.org/events/philly-aids-thrift-the-shining. For more about Philly AIDS Thrift, visit phillyaidsthrift.com

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