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Fly In Drive In Movie Debuts at Tacoma Narrows Airport on August 27, 2016

Gig Harbor, WA –The Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport (FoTNA) and the Gig Harbor Film Festival (GHFF) will host the inaugural Fly In Drive In Movie on August 27, 2016. The Fly In Drive In Movie event will take place along side the Bob Juranich Family Hangar at Tacoma Narrows Airport. Patrons to this family friendly event can enjoy pizza and beer provided by Tacoma Narrows Hub Restaurant. Heritage Distilling will be on site with the Fly In Drive In Signature Drink. Ice cream will be provided by Umpqua bank and Tim Lopez’ American Family Insurance will hand out popcorn and sodas.

Prior to the feature film showing, visitors will be able to view the Award winning Juranich Family collection of restored vintage aircraft, such as: a 1934 WACO YMF-3, a Piper PA-12 Super Cruiser, a Starduster II, Piper J-3 Cub, Cessna 195, and Command-Aire and a 1929 C-5. According to Bob Juranich, “My plane restorations are a labor of love. I’m always delighted to show them and talk about them.”

The LeMay Family Collection Foundation will also have several of their vintage, circa 1930s vehicles on hand for viewing, such as: a 1934 Ford Deluxe Roadster, 1932 Nash Big Six 4-door Sedan, 1935 Steyr 125S Super 2-door convertible. Disney’s Planes  will be the movie of the night. Admission is $5/person. Tickets for the Fly-In Drive-In Movie can be purchased through the Gig Harbor Film Festival website: Gate opens at 6:30pm with the movie showing at dusk. (approx. 8pm)


“We are very excited to have such a fun, family friendly event at Tacoma Narrows,” said Deb Wallace, Pierce County Administrator of Airports and Ferries. “It gives us the opportunity to interact with the community and to showcase some of what we have to offer.” FoTNA and the Gig Harbor Film Festival are co-sponsors of the Fly In Drive In Movie to build awareness of their two organizations. “Anything to do with movies are a natural fit for us. Partnering with FoTNA on this great event is another way for us to further our mission of film education,” stated Jenny Wellman, Executive Director of the Gig Harbor Film Festival.

In 2015, FoTNA partnered with the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor to construct the Rotary Aviation Zone at Tacoma Narrows Airport. The zone features an ADA-accessible observation tower with a front-row view of the runway, a speaker that transmits radio calls between pilots and air traffic controllers, a viewing shelter and tables.

Proceeds will be used by FoTNA for additional displays about aviation and the airport, more lighting and potentially a single prop airplane displayed next to the Aviation Viewing Platform; and to further GHFF film education programs like Kids Fest, Summer Workshops and film seminars of The Gig Harbor Film Festival. “This airport is such an amazing asset to the Gig Harbor and South Sound communities. Events like the Fly In Drive In Movie will enable us to do more to enhance our airport,” said Larry Fickel, President of FoTNA. “Having an event that attracts airplane buffs, car buffs and film buffs, is very exciting,” he continued.

“We are always interested in, and energized by unique events that attract visitors to our city,” said Karen Scott, City of Gig Harbor Tourism and Communications Director. “Fly In Drive In Movie will be a great hit, I’m sure,” she continued.

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Bob Juranich’s Family Restoration Business is located at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. The company has been in the Vintage Airplane restoration business for many years, and has been recipient of several restoration awards, including the Grand Champion Award at the 50th Annual Northwest Antique Airplane Club fly-In for the restoration of his 1934 WACO YMF-3.

The Gig Harbor Film festival celebrates it’s 9th year in 2016. It’s mission is to feature independent films that draw on the unifying power of cinema to promote understanding, tolerance and global awareness. MORE…

The Gig Harbor Film Festival is committed to educate, entertain and inspire filmmakers and audiences alike while enriching the cultural vitality of the community through the art of cinema.

The festival included local, regional and international filmmakers to advance a variety of creative ideas and bring the community a diverse range of appealing films, giving aspiring filmmakers an opportunity to present their efforts to a sophisticated audience and gain recognition beyond the local level.

Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport recognizes Tacoma Narrows Airport as a vital business and recreational center in the Gig Harbor area. Their mission is to promote awareness of the airport as well as foster development of project to enhance the airport and to increase its visibility in the communities it serves.


Al Abbott, CarrotStick Marketing

Larry Fickle, Friends of Tacoma Narrows Airport

Jenny Wellman, Gig Harbor Film Festival