Audio proved to be a glitch in the showing of a film Friday night, but most of the viewers didn’t seem to mind. They were having fun splashing and swimming in the pool at the Center for Health Improvement’s first Dive-in Movie Night.

The audio problem quickly was fixed, however, and audience of more than 20 children and adults gathered near the screen as Gru and the Minions cavorted across the screen in “Despicable Me 3.”

This was the first dive-in movie at the center. Lifeguard Hattie Spicer had previously worked at the pool in Anthony where it had been a success and proposed the idea for the center.

“It’s something to do during the winter months,” said Kellie Flaska, aquatics and fitness supervisor at the center.

That’s exactly what Julie Robben, Hays, was looking for with her two children, Cloe, 8, and Caleb, 6.5.

“We figured it would be something fun to get out and do because its so cold and we're cooped up inside,” she said.

Flaska’s sons Gavin, 11, and Karsen, 9, were among the first in the pool, diving in at one end. Gavin said he was there to swim, but Karsen said he wanted to watch the movie, too.

For Mary Teopfer, Hays, it was a chance to spend some time with her granddaughter, Blair Paul, 4.

“We love to swim and it was an opportunity to take advantage of,” Teopfer said. “I thought this would be a great time to bring her out here with me.”

When asked if she was at the center for the movie or to swim, Blair had a definite answer.


The center will have two more movie nights. Jan. 26 will feature “Boss Baby” and Feb. 23 will be “Surf’s Up: Wave Mania.” All ages are welcome, but children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $4 per person. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the movie starting at 6:15.

More information and registration can be found at