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Drive-in movie showing in Citrus Heights postponed

By Mike Hazlip–
Organizers said a last-minute issue caused plans for a drive-in movie showing in the Sunrise Mall parking lot on Friday to be postponed for a week, with the venue also changing locations.

A press release sent out by the Sunrise Marketplace Friday said the event will instead take place Friday, July 31. The new location will be the Sunrise Village shopping center at Sunrise Boulevard and Madison Avenue.

Sunrise Marketplace Executive Director Kathilynn Carpenter told The Sentinel Friday that the postponement stemmed from a miscommunication with mall management. She said with the Regal UA Sunrise theater temporarily closed, organizers thought they had approval to move forward. However, concerns arose late Thursday due to potential issues with a non-compete clause in the theater’s lease agreement.

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Calls to Regal UA Sunrise were unanswered Friday. An announcement on their website said the location has been closed since March 17. Carpenter said Sunrise Village “bent over backward” to accommodate the last-minute change of venue for the event.

All current tickets will be honored on the rescheduled event date. Alternatively, ticket holders can exchange their tickets for any other Carpool Cinema event, according to the release.

With COVID-19 safety protocols in place, a minimum of 9 feet will be maintained between cars. Only ticketed cars will be allowed in the viewing area.

The Carpool Cinema series was first announced July 7 and will feature Sonic the Hedgehog. The free event sold out in 24 hours, according to organizers.

The series is part of efforts by the Marketplace to bring events and entertainment to the district, which is made up of more than 400 businesses in the Sunrise-Greenback commercial corridor. More events are scheduled to continue through September, but dates have not yet been announced.

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