Alton Main Street announces Carpool Cinema Series in downtown Alton

Alton Main Street announced its new Carpool Cinema series, a fun socially distanced activity that will provide a safe entertainment option for the community in Downtown Alton this fall.

Guests will enjoy outdoor movies on a large inflatable screen from the comfort of their car, with audio through their car stereo. The events will take place in the large parking lot at the corner of Landmarks Boulevard and Henry Street, the same parking lot used for the Alton Farmers' & Artisans' Market. All movies will be free and open to the public, and will start soon after dusk on the following dates: 

On Friday, Sept. 11, a social justice-themed movie will be presented in partnership with local teen activist Laylhany Davis and sponsored by Crystal Uhe for State’s Attorney, Rachelle Aud Crowe for Senate and Friends for Katie Stuart.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, a music-themed movie will be presented, in partnership with the Sierra Club and sponsored by Meyer Jensen Law Firm, Busey Bank, Madison County Planning and Development, and Chiro One as an activity for this year’s Mississippi Earthtones Festival, which is being modified for social distancing. A poll is underway until noon on Friday, Sept. 4, where the public can vote on which movie is shown. The poll can be found at

On Friday, Sept. 25, a family-friendly movie will be presented, sponsored by Alton Memorial Hospital, Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery, and Chiro One. A poll is underway until noon on Friday, Sept. 11, where the public can vote on which movie is shown. The poll can be found at 

Food and beverage vendors will not be available on site; guests are welcome to bring their own refreshments. In case of inclement weather, the movies will be rescheduled. Alton Main Street thanks the Alton Parks and Recreation Department for their partnership in this endeavor.

Sponsorship opportunities are available for businesses who would like to help add movies to the series and have their logos on the big screen before the showing; contact for details. Stay tuned to for announcements on which movies were selected to be shown on the announced dates, as well as potential additional movie showtimes.

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