Popcorn, no movie – kick-off to spring break

Even though the traditional showing of the spring break movie can’t take place, Laurel Lamb, director of Prairie West Recreation (PWR) paired up with Rick Slater, owner of the Derrick Theatre in Virden to provide a fun treat to kick start the break.

Asked if she is a kid at heart, Lamb admits, “Maybe. I just think of things I’m missing and I’m usually not the only one.”

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With a sudden closure, movie theatres had to stop holding movies a year ago, due to COVID-19 and have not been able to open ever since. No movies, no popcorn!

But, the Derrick Theatre produced 100 big cups of popcorn to give out free at the start of spring break and there was no shortage of takers. Kids and teens lined up on Friday after school outside the theatre for freshly popped corn.

Lamb said the 100 kids got their popcorn within 45 minutes. There were “lots of smiles, thank you’s and even a God bless.”

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