The free Movies in Marysville Park program will return starting July 24 and run through August 14.
Family films are shown on an inflatable screen at Jennings Memorial Park.
“We’re excited to make four films this year,” said Chris Taylor, Cultural Arts Supervisor of the Parks, Culture and Recreation Department for the Town of Marysville.
Movies start when it’s dark enough.
Taylor said: “9pm is our goal and hopefully it will be sunny and dark by that time.”
The city invites families to enjoy the park and the movies this summer, after they were unable to organize the program last year.
“Get out there, bring a blanket and a snack to the park and enjoy a movie,” Taylor said. “It’s a bit like a drive-in without the cars.”
Families generally appreciate the opportunity to go out and watch a movie together.
“People love the opportunity to go out, get some fresh air and watch a movie with their family,” Taylor said.
Taylor said they often have a theme related to each movie.
On July 24, they will screen “A Dog’s Journey”.
On July 31, the movie “Sonic the Hedgehog” will premiere. This was originally supposed to coincide with the PS5 release last year with video game-themed giveaways, but that screening had to be canceled.
“So I’m a little late for the party on this one,” Taylor said.
On August 7, the disaster film “San Andreas” will be shown and presented by the city’s risk management department to encourage good disaster managementt.
On August 14, “Frozen 2” will be posted. This screening was meant to be tied to the generally hottest part of summer, although Taylor admits with the recent historic heat wave that the heat in August may not look so bad.
There will be no popcorn vendor during this summer’s program.
“We haven’t been able to find the manpower for this this year,” Taylor said.
The other big change is that it will be located differently.
“We’re moving the location closer to the dinosaur playground,” Taylor said, so that the screen is on a slope and more visible to everyone.
“We are delighted to make this change to increase the accessibility of films,” he said.
Residents can bring their own blankets or chairs to sit on. There will be a special section for the chairs so that they don’t block the view of people behind them.
After more than a year of canceled city events, Taylor said park service staff were happy to return.
“We are sincerely delighted to be returning to what we believe to be normalcy,” he said.
Taylor also wanted to thank this year’s sponsors, Heritage Bank and Lydig Construction.