Enjoy free movies in the park throughout August
Starting in August, you can catch a free movie in the park each Friday night throughout the month in Scappoose.
The Scappoose Public Library will host movies in the park starting Friday, Aug. 3, at Heritage Park in Scappoose, right next to Scappoose City Hall.
Movies are family-friendly and begin at dusk. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring a blanket or stadium chair to sit on, but organizers ask that camping chairs or anything taller than ground level be left at home to avoid blocking the view of other attendees.
The first installment begins with a showing of "Wonder Woman" on Aug. 3, followed by "Up" the following Friday, Aug. 10. Aug. 17 will feature the 1984 sci-fi classic, "Ghostbusters," followed by "Toy Story," on Aug. 24 and "Black Panther" showing Aug. 31.
Jeff Weiss, director of the library, said this is the first time the library has offered the free movie series.
"It was something the staff had wanted to do and I know different community leaders had talked about doing it in the past," Weiss said.
Weiss said the events were made possible with funding from the Columbia County Cultural Coalition, the city of Scappoose and business sponsors.
"The whole thing was almost $4,000," Weiss noted. "The Cultural Coalition gave $750 and city gave $1,000. We also received money from sponsors."
Half of the funds went toward the purchase of equipment, like a projector, screen and an audio system, with the other half covering costs of film rentals and incidental items, according to Weiss.
The screen will hang from the gazebo in Heritage Park during each movie night.
Movies won't start until the sun goes down, but pre-show entertainment will be offered prior to each showing, starting at 7 p.m.