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Movies come to Rainey Park for third year

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Georgetown families and visitors alike will be bringing lawn chairs and packed coolers to Rainey Park June 20 for the first Movies in the Park event of the summer.

This is the third year of the city-sponsored event, one that has quickly become a summertime tradition, according to Cindy Thompson, coordinator of Keep Georgetown Beautiful.

She said the program got its start in 2011 when City Council purchased the inflatable 16-by-9-foot screen and movie projector.

“They were looking at trends going on in other cities and saw that other cities were sponsoring movies. They thought it was a great idea to promote a family friendly event here in the city of Georgetown,” she said.

The first Movies in the Park began in June 2012.

Thompson selects each movie that is shown, and each showing costs between $200 and $300, she said. The City uses a vendor, Swank Motion Pictures, to rent the movies and appropriate licenses for screening outdoors to large audiences.

This year’s screenings are “Frozen” on June 20, “Despicable Me 2” on July 18 and “Man of Steel” on Aug. 15.

“This reason I picked those is because I knew ‘Frozen’ had been an incredibly popular movie, we showed ‘Despicable Me’ last year and had a great showing so I thought I would do the second one, and I always try to get two animated movies a year and one action. I chose ‘Man of Steel,’ a Superman movie, because it passed my test of certain scenes and language that I would feel comfortable with families taking their kids to.”

The City has also teamed up with the YMCA to show a movie for Halloween, she said, although they may end up cancelling those events in the future if more people don’t attend.

Low turnout has not been a problem for the summer series, however.

“It’s been really good. We have vacationers come because we promote the event through realty companies, and lots of out-of-town people come in and watch the movies as well. It always gets a really good turnout,” Thompson said.

“It comes back to City Council back in 2011, that’s when they purchased the equipment with the hopes of sponsoring some good movies for people to come into Front Street and enjoy watching some good movies while spending some time downtown.”

The showings begin at 8:15 p.m. after the sun sets and admission is free to the public.

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