Boykins turns vacant lot into ‘movie theater’

Published 9:34 am Thursday, May 19, 2011

BOYKINS—An organization supporting Main Street businesses is Boykins is trying something new.

Boykins Main Street Initiative at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, will feature a free, outdoor showing of the movie “The Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl.” The 2003 film was the first of four Disney sequels; the fourth — “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” — opens in theaters today, May 20.

The film will be shown on the side of a building in a vacant lot between Boykins Beans & Ice Cream and the Masonic Lodge.

The idea came from Mike McGuire, president of Boykins Main Street Initiative.

“It’s certainly nothing new,” McGuire said. “Other places across the country have done this and some of the bigger cities.”

Debbie McManus, owner of Boykins Beans & Ice Cream, likes the concept.

“I think it’s great,” McManus said. “I’m advertising it. I have two posters on my door and the flier at the register. I hope it turns out good.”

She noted too that Boykins doesn’t have a movie theater nearby.

“I thought it would be a good idea for kids, adults — an outdoor movie,” McManus said. “This is just something different.”

McGuire will provide the projector, which was given to him, and an amplifier will be used for sound.

Boykins Main Street Initiative is a non-profit organization that supports new and existing businesses. The 3-year-old, 55-member group hopes events like this will help get the organization’s name out.

“We’re also just trying to provide a little entertainment and family time in the community,” said McGuire, who moved to Boykins about four years ago and works for a government contractor in Hampton.