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At the drive-in

Traditional cinema concessions will be available at drive-in movies presented by Western New Mexico University and the Silco Theater in Silver City. (Courtesy of Western New Mexico University)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Head to Western New Mexico University in Silver City for a fun family outing or date night.

The university’s cultural affairs department is partnering with the historic Silco Theater to offer drive-in movies Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 14.

“Through partnerships like this one with the Silco, Western New Mexico University is working to find innovative ways to bring the community together during these unprecedented times,” Faye McCalmont, WNMU special assistant to the president, said in an event news release. “We are so happy to be bringing movies to campus. Continuing to offer rich experiences and appealing entertainment options is one way the university can help build a strong and healthy local community even through the current challenges.”

Movies begin at 8 p.m. and will be projected onto a 24-by-36-foot screen on the southern wall of the WNMU Fine Arts Center Theatre. Attendees can view from the theater’s south parking lot. The lot will open at 7 p.m. on the evening of each showing. A maximum capacity of 50 vehicles will be allowed.

Event-goers will not be able to sit outside their vehicles to watch the film. Attendees must wear masks when outside of their vehicles to visit the concession stand or the rest rooms, according to the news release.

Admission is $25 per vehicle with a maximum of five people inside. To purchase tickets and to see what is playing visit

Profits from ticket and on-site concession sales will go toward the restoration of Silco’s stage with a retractable screen. The theater is equipped to offer live entertainment as well as feature movies. The improvements will help make the theater financially sustainable, according to the news release.

“The Silco is our hometown theater, where people get together to escape the realities of our time,” Scott Zager, cinema manager and projectionist, states in the news release. “We are proud to again offer the chance for families and couples to unite and have a common experience at the movies.”

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