Free Walmart drive-in provides family fun for Prosper


Gianna Galante

Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse streams on a big screen in the Walmart parking lot. The community of Prosper came together in this blast into the past. “My dad told me about how he would go to drive in movies when he was a teenager,” junior Lauren Helbling said. “It was cool to do what our parents did when they were teens, too.”

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A semi-truck containing a large pop-up movie screen pulled into the parking lot of the Gates of Prosper Walmart Superstore on Aug. 15 . This movie screen played the role of the main attraction to a this free event hosted by Walmart.

Walmart announced on July 1 that it would be hosting pop-up drive-in events across the country at 160 Walmart Superstores. The tickets to the drive-ins were provided for free on a first come, first served, basis and the tickets sold out within minutes for the majority of locations.

The Gates of Prosper location played Marvels “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse”. Despite having to follow strict guidelines, Walmart employees were able to run the event safely.

“I think us working safely and being distanced with masks helps others see that they should do the same,” staff videographer Mike said. “By doing so I believe it not only helped the staff but brought the community together safely as well.”

Walmart plans to continue hosting these pop-up drive-in movie events in the future. Several Prosper students attended the event and the next showing may bring even more.

“When I came out of Walmart, I saw the big movie screen, and it looked fun,” sophomore Rami Shihabi said. “The turnout of the event made me want to attend the next one.”