The Students’ Association conducted a free night at Town and Country Drive-in Theatre for the junior and senior class Sunday.
With their student IDs, juniors and seniors attended the event for free and had their choice to watch Zootopia, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, Allegiant, Miracles from Heaven, 10 Cloverfield Lane or Spectre. The movies were double features, with the first movie beginning at 8 p.m. and the second beginning at 10 p.m.
Emily Adkins, junior class vice president, said she wanted to plan something different for her class’ semester event.
“I thought that we needed to plan something that everyone would enjoy and would be off campus,” said Adkins, junior kinesiology major from Irving.
Junior and senior class officers said the idea of a movie night came out of a desire to do something that had never been done before. The event changed from a movie night in Cullen Auditorium to a movie night at the Town and Country Drive-In.
Logan Dyer, senior class vice president, said the movie night was a new concept for the class activity.
“We looked around Abilene and said, ‘Oh, we’ll do Putt-Putt or PrimeTime and pay for the junior and senior class to enjoy those activities, but we thought those were kind of old and had been used a lot, kind of repetitive,” said Dyer, senior marketing and communications major from Carrolton. “The drive-in seemed like the best option.”
The movie night brought in a crowd of about 340 students, although the leadership team only expected 90.
Though the event was free to juniors and seniors, any student could attend with their upperclassman friends.
“There were freshmen there,” Dyer said. “There were sophomores there. There were all kinds of people there. I think I even saw graduates there.”
Adkins and Dyer said they hope to continue movie night at Town and Country Drive-In and make it an event for all classes.