Rocket into Ottawa’s Ignite 150 Retro Drive-In

April 14, 2017

In the heart of Canada’s capital, National Canadian Film Day 150 (NCFD 150) will have a free pop-up retro drive-in theatre at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum! 125 cars will be able to drive on up and watch a screening of THE ROCKET and get their snacks at Smokin’ R&R BBQ food truck, right outside the museum – just like at a real drive-in!

THE ROCKET is Charles Binamé’s award-winning film about hockey legend Maurice “Rocket” Richard (Roy Dupuis). It traces the meteoric rise of the beloved Canadiens star, from his humble beginnings as a Montreal machinist during the Depression, to one of the top scorers in all of hockey history.

The event will be presented as part of Ottawa’s “Ignite 150”, a series of events that will ‘turbo-charge’ the capital in 2017 in celebration of the nation’s 150th birthday.

The event will start at 7:30pm with a pre-screening talk with director Binamé and CBC host Giacomo Panico. The mayor, His Worship Jim Watson, will be in attendance. Attendees will also be able to participate in a meet n’ greet with two hockey greats who both played for the Canadiens, Serge “the Senator” Savard, the former president of the Maurice Richard Foundation, and Jean-Guy Talbot, the teammate who played with Maurice Richard!

There will also be a special Hockey Hall of Fame exhibit on display inside the museum specifically for the NCFD 150 Drive-In. It will showcase the Maurice Richard Trophy, awarded annually to the top goal-scorer in the NHL, Richard’s game-worn jersey, stick, milestone pucks and other artifacts from The Hockey Hall of Fame’s NHL Centennial Exhibit. Every carload will get must-have hockey cards from the Library and Archives Canada from their extensive photo archive section.


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