CLARKSBURG, WV — The Robinson Grand Theater partnered with Cars and Coffee of North Central West Virginia (NCWV) to host a car show in the parking lot across from the theater that ran from 6-8 p.m. July 29.
The show was free for everyone, but the theater also had an “Uncle V’s Kickin’ Chicken” food truck that opened at 5:30 p.m. Concessions and the ticket office were also open.
To conclude the evening, the theater played “Gone in 60 seconds” on the big screen at 8 p.m., in which tickets were $7 per person.
The idea was born when Jason Young, the theater’s director of programs, contacted a friend, Tyler Maxwell, who is part of NCWV Cars and Coffee. Maxwell hooked Young up with management to pitch the idea as a suggestion, and everyone loved it, so they decided to make it happen.
When discussing why he thinks doing events like these are important to the community, Young said, “It’s important that we do something that makes it more of an experience. We’re trying to have a more holistic experience for the audience. I think the mission of the Robinson Grand is to bring people to downtown Clarksburg and give them the opportunity to be together, and I think that’s one of the big things that the pandemic has given us stolen.
Rain or shine, they were still going to carry out the event. Young thinks they are building a great partner through NCWV Cars and Coffee. If all goes well, they might do it again in the future.
Young mentioned that the real reasoning behind the events is that it’s about getting people into an “amazing facility, in an amazing city, to do amazing things.” He thinks it’s the most fun he’s had in his life. Although it is a big job that can be daunting at times, it is very exciting. “It’s like Clarksburg’s version of Disney Land.”