Watrous - Drive in Theatre

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Watrous is a small town in Saskatchewan, known to be 2 hours away from anything (100km east of Saskatoon).  Watrous was named after Frank Watrous Morse and was started as a town in 1906.  Since then, the town has gained popularity for its proximity to Lake Manitou (and its healing mineral waters), automotive dealerships, the Manitou Mineral Spa, Danceland, mining and industry.

One thing in particular that stands out for Watrous is the Jubilee Drive In Theatre.  Drive in’s across Canada are slowly closing down, but it’s a part of our cultural history and Watrous is proud to still have theirs in operation.

A drive-in theatre (for those that don’t know) is a way of showcasing a movie outdoors.  The movie is projected onto a screen, much like in a traditional movie theatre; however, customers watch the movie from the comfort of their vehicle.  Drive-in’s are generally only operated in the summer months.  There is a large area for cars to be parked in, and generally a concession booth.  In most drive-in’s, the sound from the theatre came through the car’s radio system, and patrons would just tune into the appropriate radio channel to hear the movie, as loud or soft, as they wished.

Drive-in’s were especially popular during the 1950s and 1960s when it became the place to take a date, and families could attend movies with their entire families.  Inclement weather would sometimes cause the drive-in showcase to be cancelled.  

There are only four drive-in theatre’s still operational in Saskatchewan, and the Jubilee drive-in happens to be one of them.

It is located on highway 365, and you can phone to find out what is playing at:  306-946-2679.  Alternatively, you can check the schedule for the theatre on the Jubilee website.

So, if you are in beautiful Watrous this summer, make sure that you check out the drive-in theatre for a piece of nostalgia and a re-visit back to the good ol’ times!