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Chill brings down 'drive-in' crowd

Families kick back in lawn chairs and watch “Smokey and the Bandit” at the Best Western Kings Inn Friday. (AARON RICCA/Miner)

Families kick back in lawn chairs and watch “Smokey and the Bandit” at the Best Western Kings Inn Friday. (AARON RICCA/Miner)

KINGMAN - The threat of rain subsided as the stars took over the skies and walls Friday night.

The Best Western Kings Inn hotel hosted its third Route 66 Drive-in Movie Night as part of the weekend's 29th Annual Historic Route 66 Fun Run. About 10 cars showed up with folks ready to watch the 1974 comedy car chase flick "Smokey and the Bandit" starring Burt Reynolds and Sally Field.

The movie was projected onto the wall of a garage behind the hotel and classic rock music was broadcast via on-site transmitter to FM radios as opposed to the old, clunky boxes that used to hang off a car window.

Last year's showing of the Disney film "Cars" attracted about 60 vehicles.

"I don't know if it's the weather or the movie," said Kingman Director of Tourism Josh Noble, who was on site to help run the event.

The weather was a bit chilly as the possibility of rain gave way to clear skies and temperatures in the low 60s.

"Smokey and the Bandit" is rated PG and has risque material some parents may have felt inappropriate for children as opposed to the G-rated "Cars." They also may have been expecting the afternoon clouds to stick around and dump showers that held off until Saturday. Either way, Noble and hotel manager Jordan Perry were happy people showed up.

"I hope to do this every year," Perry said. "Folks come from both here, out of town and all over the country."

Perry added he would "love" to hold the drive-in movie night more than once a year.