Parks and rec leaders are encouraging the public to take advantage of the department’s second crack at “Movie in the Park,” set for Friday, June 3.
The animated movie “Minions” will be projected onto a big-screen starting at sundown (about 8:30) at Zebulon Community Park, 401 S. Arendell Ave.
The event is free aside from a concession stand that will be open during the movie. The first Movie in the Park last June drew a crowd of about 150 people.
“It is our second attempt at it and our first one was successful, but things can always be more successful, so we’re trying to pull out all the stops,” said Tim Hale, coordinator of the Zebulon Community Center.
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The town used flyers to advertise the event at all its local schools and parks, and is also promoting it online.
Beyond a big crowd, Hale is only hoping the weather cooperates as well as it did last summer.
The screen is much larger than people might envision. An inflatable perimeter holds up the 40-foot-wide screen, set up on one end of an outfield of one of the park’s athletic fields.
“(The movie) projects from behind, and there is an amazing sound system,” Hale said. “A lot of people get in their mind that this is a sheet hung from poles, but that is not at all the case.”
The movie night at the park piggybacks on the town’s “Free Family Movie Night,” held the second Friday of each month indoors at the community center.
Both events help satisfy the terms of a grant that helped pay for the community center. Part of the town’s obligation through the grant was to offer as many free or low-cost public activities as possible.
“This is one of those,” Hale said. “We want you to be able to bring the kids, grandma and grandpa. That’s who we’re targeting – from the youngest member of the family to the oldest and everyone in between.”
Those who go need only to bring chairs or blankets – whatever they want to sit on or sit in.