Marquette, Mich – A local theatre wants to bring drive–in movies to the Upper Peninsula. But organizers need help to make it happen.

The Masonic Arts Theatre and Innovation Company needs to raise $17,500 for a portable, all–weather drive–in movie set–up.

The theater would use the equipment to bring pop–up drive–in theaters across the U.P.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation will match the funds if MATI’s efforts are successful.

“It’s important for us to be able to provide different sources of entertainment. It will also allow us, even if we have live theatre going on in the building, we could actually be showing that live theatre at another venue,” said Ryan Engle, Executive Director of MATI.  “For instance, if somebody in Chatham wanted live theatre and we are doing live theatre in Marquette, we could actually have that screen somewhere else and show that as well, where they would not be in the building but be able to watch the theatre event.”

Fundraising will continue at the Masonic Building on Sunday.

People are encouraged to attend and donate at the event.

Engle gave us a sneak peek of the what the party will look like.

“The event is from noon until we close her down. The expo is from noon until six. We have the original Karate Kid playing at six o’clock in the red room. After that, we are going to have an adult party,” he said. “We have some comedians coming in and some live music from eight until two, so as late as we go anyways.”

To donate before Sunday, visit the link below.

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