For a parking lot, the Imperial Avenue space is impressively versatile.
Besides a spot for commuters (remember them?) taking buses to the station, from May to November it’s the site of the Farmers’ Market. It’s where the Blues, Views & BBQ Festival held cooking contests.
This weekend, the sea of asphalt turned into a drive-in movie theater.
The Remarkable Theater opened its summer series there, with 2 classic films: “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and “Caddyshack.”
It was a win-win. The theater offers employment to people with disabilities, while families and teenagers packed the place for fun, wholesome entertainment.
It was like a throwback to the previous century — and not just because of the movies shown.
A few neighbors worried about noise. But there were no outside speakers. Sound came through the magic of FM radio.
Oh, yeah: Friday’s showing was a benefit for the Westport Woman’s Club. Proceeds helped make up for the loss of their big undraiser this year: the Yankee Doodle Fair.
You know. One more event that makes the Imperial Avenue spot more than just a parking lot.
Two more films are scheduled for next month. Watch this space for coming attractions.