DeKALB – Thirteen-month-old Ezra Geronimo of DeKalb had never seen a movie on the big screen before seeing "Wonder Woman" Tuesday evening with his parents, Gonzalo and Veronica Geronimo.
Seventeen-year-old Anna Niemiec of Huntley was seeing the movie for the twenty-first time with her mom, Michele Niemiec, and her cousin, Lizzy Morris.
The families attended the pop-up drive-in movie event held at the Walmart Supercenter, 2300 Sycamore Road in DeKalb.
"We saw the movie in theaters when it first came out, but this is Ezra's first-ever movie experience," mom Veronica Geronimo said. "We've been at home for months during the quarantine. I grew up in a small town, where events like this are a very big deal and everyone gets involved. I'm happy to share this experience with my family."
Anna Niemiec describes "Wonder Woman" as her "all-time favorite movie."
"I love that it's every genre rolled into one: it has romance, action and comedy," she said. "Seeing it on the big screen outdoors is so much better than watching it at home indoors. It's also different from seeing it in theaters. It's a whole new experience."
DeKalb’s Walmart Supercenter is the location of two drive-in movie events, "Wonder Woman" shown Tuesday, and “ET the Extra-Terrestrial” that will be shown Wednesday, Aug. 26.
“ET the Extra-Terrestrial” will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 26. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The event's free tickets have all been claimed, but any remaining spots will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis at 7:15 p.m. All event attendees will receive a large goodie bag full of snacks and drinks to enjoy while watching the movie.
Event attendees are asked to remain inside their vehicles and parking spaces. A mask is required if venturing outside of vehicles. Alcohol will not be permitted during the family-friendly event. An FM radio, such as a car radio, is required for the movie’s audio.
The pop-up drive-in movie event is touring the country and visiting 160 Walmart Supercenter locations. Other local stores that will host drive-in movies include Aurora, Batavia, St. Charles and Elgin.
Vincent Alexander, a tour manager with Walmart Drive-in, said that the event provides "a variety of family-friendly movies."
"It's a great morality booster, where people can get out and have a bit of normalcy," Alexander said. "Walmart is a location in common these cities all share. It's all about bringing people together."
John Paul Cook and his wife Elizabeth, both of Sycamore, attended the Walmart Drive-in together.
"I love the nostalgia of it," Elizabeth Cook said. "Going to the movies or drive-in is such an American activity, and it was taken away from us due to COVID. Watching a movie is a family activity, and it's great to do it out of the house, especially when you're together with family."
For more information about Walmart Drive-in events visit www.thewalmartdrivein.com.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. and the films will begin at 7:30 p.m. Late entry is not allowed.
Tickets are free, but must be requested in advance. Tickets will not be available at the gate.
Guests are asked to remain inside their vehicles and parking spaces. A mask is required if guests venture outside of their vehicle. Alcohol will not be permitted during the family-friendly event.
For more information about Walmart Drive-in events or to sign-up for free tickets, visit www.thewalmartdrivein.com.