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SPECIAL COVID-19 EDITION
June 10, 2020
Published on the first Monday of each month by Bob Yates, Boulder City Council
Note: The Boulder Bulletin is published monthly on the first Monday of each month. However, a special weekly issue of the Bulletin also is being published each Wednesday during the COVID crisis to keep the Boulder community apprised of the most recent local developments. The next weekly special COVID edition will be published on Wednesday, June 17, and the next regular monthly edition will be published on Monday, July 6.
 UPDATE 

Drive-In BIFF
By Bob Yates
 
Among the many things that Katy and I miss from the pre-COVID world is enjoying a movie on the big screen, sitting communally with dozens of other people sharing the same experience. While some movie theaters say that they might re-open as early as July with “checkerboard seating,” I don’t think the cinema experience will be the same as it was for quite some time.
 
Into that void spring Kathy and Robin Beeck. The sisters are the founders of the fabulously-successful Boulder International Film Festival, affectionately called BIFF, which completed its 16th annual run in early March, right before the pandemic stopped large gatherings of movie-goers. Sensing that our community would like to once again share films on a screen bigger that a TV, the Beeck sisters have struck on an idea nearly a century old: A drive-in. Popular from the 1930s through the 1980s, drive-ins have largely faded from the American landscape. Our town hasn’t hosted a drive-in theater since North Boulder’s Holiday Drive-In closed in 1988. Robin and Kathy propose that BIFF host a temporary drive-in this summer and fall, with their first choice of location being the Boulder Municipal Airport, with some other locations possible if the airport doesn’t work out. While it won’t be quite as comfortable at settling into those comfy seats at the Boedecker or the local cineplex, a drive-in will give a couple hundred people the chance to watch the same movie together on a big screen, from the safety of their cars. I think it’s worth a go.
 
The Beeck sisters know a thing or two about movies. The self-described “popcorn girls” worked during high school in the late 70s and early 80s in some of Boulder’s many movie theaters (we had several back then). As young women, they set off to make their own movies, with their break-out film coming in 1998: Grandpa’s in the Tuff Shed, a documentary funded in part by Michael Moore about the frozen dead guy up in Nederland. In 2005, frustrated that a town with so many cinephiles had no film festival of its own, they founded BIFF. During a long weekend each winter, the Boulder International Film Festival shows 50 to 70 films to Boulder audiences totaling more than 25,000, in venues as diverse as the Boulder Theater to temporary screens set up in local churches. You can read more about the Beeck sisters and BIFF in a
profile I wrote for the Bulletin in January 2019. 

The plans for the temporary drive-in this summer and fall are close to being finalized, and the sisters hope to announce a location and dates as early as
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Load up the jalopy and come on out
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Council Meetings & Study Sessions

Unless otherwise noted, all council meetings and study sessions and other meetings begin at 6:00 at City Council Chambers, second floor, 1777 Broadway. Information current as of first Monday of the month, but subject to change.
NOTE: UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, THE MUNICIPAL BUILDING WILL BE CLOSED AND COUNCIL MEETINGS WILL BE BROADCAST ON CHANNEL 8 AND STREAMED AT CHANNEL 8 ONLINE.

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Tuesday, June 16: Regular Council Meeting 
South Boulder Creek flood mitigation

Tuesday, June 23 and Tuesday, June 30: No Council Meetings 
Summer break

Tuesday, July 7: Regular Council Meeting 
COVID briefing; Dockless bike share; Muni update

Contact Bob 
Email: yatesb@bouldercolorado.gov
Voice Message: 720.310.5829
Office: 1777 Broadway, Boulder (email in advance for appointment)
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