Movies under the stars in West Linn
When the sun is shining and the weather doesn't send people to indoor cozy confines, what better time to watch a movie — outside?
As August kicks off and the rain is left behind, the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department is hosting another round of Movies in the Park, where films are shown for free on a large screen at different parks in the community.
The movies begin at dusk, though the parks department starts setting up around 7 p.m. Around 7:30 p.m., volunteers provide games and activities like face painting for children.
On Aug. 9 there will be a showing of "Incredibles 2" at Mary S. Young Park,19900 Willamette Drive. "Bumblebee" will play Aug. 16 at Hammerle Park, 1505 Lewis St., and "A Dog's Way Home" will show Aug. 23 at Mary S. Young Park.
"It's focused on family-friendly movies and the kids really enjoy them (and like) to be outside — the drive-in theater has kind of gone away," said Ken Warner, assistant director of the West Linn Parks and Recreation Department. "It's exposure to them, to be outside, see the stars and watch the movie."
West Linn Movies in the Park have been running since 2001 and each movie usually draws in about 200 community members.
Though the movies rotate throughout different parks in West Linn, Warner said the parks and rec department is considering having the movies in one location in the future.
"Our thought process is we try to have a park within walking distance of every home in the city. We felt if we could move them around, people would be willing to travel a short distance," Warner said, adding that choosing one park to host the movies would add more consistency.
Warner said he's looking forward to watching the movie "A Dog's Way Home" about a dog that travels hundreds of miles to search for her owner.
"I saw the trailers for it and it looks like a really fun movie to watch with your family (about) pets," he said.
During showings, the recreation staff runs a concession stand with popcorn, candy and water.
"We keep it pretty simple," Warner said.
There will also be raffle drawings from various sponsors that will be on site throughout the Movies in the Park season.
"They (Movies in the Park sponsors) give away little sunglasses. Some of them will do lip balm, some will do a seasonal raffle and sometimes we don't know exactly what they're doing to do until they do it," Warner said.
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