The Alhambra Theatre is turning 92.
To celebrate, the Pennyroyal Arts Council is hosting a drive-thru birthday celebration from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday under the Alhambra’s front marquee.
“We’re just trying to stay relevant at this time,” said Executive Director Margaret Prim. “We miss our patrons so much.”
According to the release, the Alhambra Theatre marquee first brightened Hopkinsville’s Main Street on May 28, 1928. Over the past few years, the theater underwent extensive renovations and now has a new stage, seating, a second-floor entertaining space and viewing room.
The downtown performing arts theater has been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, and events since then have been canceled, postponed or hosted virtually.
The drive-thru birthday party is one way Prim said they hope to reconnect with patrons.
To participate, guests can pre-order a birthday package online for $10. It includes two bags of popcorn, two bags of candy and two movie tickets that can be redeemed at a classic movie showing at the Alhambra.
Weather permitting, a table will be set up in front of the Alhambra on Thursday, and orange cones will designate where drivers should enter to pick up their package. Patrons must stay in their vehicles.
“We’re going to have music playing on our outside speakers of bands that have played here,” Prim said. “We’re compiling a playlist now.”
She noted that patrons can purchase the birthday package online as well as other Alhambra merchandise, such as T-shirts, kids’ activity books, stickers and more. Donations can also be made online at pennyroyalartscouncil.square.site.
“You can donate or not, just come by and say hi to us,” she said. “I feel so lucky to have a place to come to work every day, but I’m sitting here looking at an empty stage. We’re ready to get people back in here.”
Under the governor’s Health At Work guidelines, movie theaters are allowed to reopen June 1. A showing of “National Lampoon’s Vacation” is scheduled for 6 p.m. June 4, but Prim said the staff is still planning the logistics.
“We’re a 650-seat theater, so we can certainly accommodate social distancing and spread people out,” she said. “We’re working on that now.”
The Pennyroyal Arts Council is also preparing to announce its live season, which starts this fall.
“We’re writing in pencil down here,” she said of the planning process amid the pandemic. “I usually have a pencil behind my ear, so that helps out.”