Could there soon be a return to those summer nights, sitting in the back of a truck, munching popcorn and watching a film? Maybe.
A local partnership has taken over ownership of the Ceres Theatre & Flea Market on Whitmore Avenue. The second part of the title is back in business in a big way, operations manager Anna Garcia said.
"It's been getting a lot better," said Garcia, who started working at the site late last summer. "I've seen a great improvement."
The flea market is open from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, with free admission and parking. Garcia said the site has roughly 90 vendors and is looking for more.
"On Sundays, we have live music," she said. The music is free, and the beer is cheap $1 for a 16-ounce cup.
New vendors get their first month free, and Garcia said the flea market is a great place for folks who want to have a yard sale but don't want to get a permit or put up signs.
"You get guaranteed traffic, and it's free," she said. "Even the other vendors will visit."
Actually, it's just about free: Garcia collects a $1 fee required for the city of Ceres.
As for the drive-in, Garcia said the owners would like to show movies again after a nearly five-year hiatus.
"There are talks about it," she said. "It's something that everyone wants to bring back, but it's also very expensive."
For more information, call (209) 566-0054 or visit the market's Facebook page.
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