A new urban drive-in, presented by Bell, will begin showing movies on July 9 at Place des Festivals – Zibi (Gatineau). For three consecutive weekends in July and on August 20, 21 and 22, the public will have the opportunity to enjoy two movies per night for $30 per vehicle.

With a site that can accommodate up to 300 vehicles per evening, the event will bring crowds out while respecting social distancing measures. A different theme is planned for each of the four weekends, guaranteeing a variety of movies with appeal for the whole family.

The project, organized by Gatineau creative agency Orkestra, is a collaboration with Desjardins, Tourisme Outaouais and Ville de Gatineau, who are proud to be able to offer a safe summer activity to the region’s residents. Orkestra is pleased to partner with La Manne de l’Île, a non-profit food distribution organization in the Outaouais, whose volunteers will be onsite to lend a helping hand. Two dollars from each ticket will be donated to the organization whose mission it is to welcome, support and meet the needs of people facing financial and social difficulties. The goal is to raise $10,000 for this great cause.


Something for everyone

Starting at 7:30 p.m., each drive-in evening will offer double-features. Two radio channels will be reserved for the audio, allowing spectators to watch the movies in French or English. Each weekend will feature a fun movie theme, with something for everyone, including one weekend dedicated entirely to Quebec cinema.

“It is important for us to offer a varied selection of movies for our visitors,” said Claude Hamelin, chief programming officer and director of Place des festivals – Zibi. “We are also very happy to have a weekend entirely dedicated to Canadian talent.”

The themes are as follows:

July 9-10-11
Holding out for a hero (Action films)

July 16-17-18
Cult favourites

July 23-24-25
Local cinema (Quebec movies)

August 20-21-22
Box office hits

The full movie line-up can be found at the online ticket office:


Support for local businesses in a time of crisis

Located in the heart of Old Hull, Place des festivals – Zibi and its drive-in will lead to an increase in pedestrian traffic in the area. Other plans are in the works with local businesses to support the local economy, according to organizers.

“We’re not just creating a cultural activity for the region,” said Orkestra’s co-president, Colin Laramée-Plouffe. “We are working closely with the merchants of Old Hull and Tourisme Outaouais to help stimulate the local economy in this time of crisis.”

For all the event details and public health regulations, visit the event’s Facebook page.


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